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Revert your mobile phone to factory settings before giving it away

Thinking of recycling, trading or handing down your mobile phone? Make sure to do a factory reset (after backing up your data) so that the new recipient won’t be able to see anything you left behind.

Delete any non-critical app you haven’t used for 6 months or more

It’s common to have tons of apps on your devices, many of which you might not have opened in months or even years. Unless they contain vital information or functionality, it’s usually advisable to delete them. Not only will you free up space, you’ll save yourself any trouble that might stem from their use of […]

Consider upgrading your device if it’s no longer getting updates

Many smartphones, tablets and laptops are eventually abandoned by their manufacturers, at least when it comes to regular security and OS updates. If this happens to a device you rely on, consider switching it out for a newer or alternative version or one that is still receiving these critical patches and upgrades.

Lock your devices, like your tablet and smartphone

You lock the front door to your house, and you should do the same with your devices. Use strong passwords to lock your tablet and phone. Securing your devices keeps prying eyes out and can help protect your information in case your devices are lost or stolen.

Know all your mobile apps

Be sure to thoroughly review the details and specifications of an application before you download it. Be aware that the app may request that you share your personal information and permissions. Delete any apps that you are not using to increase your security.

When in doubt, uninstall an app or extension

Chances are you have a lot of apps on your phone or tablet that you don’t use. In 2017, App Annie estimated the average smartphone has 60 to 90 apps installed. It’s important to regularly review all of them and see if any can be deleted, since they might be unsupported, compromised or performing unwanted […]