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Encrypt your Android device with a passcode

Android has never had the same reputation for security as iOS or desktop operating systems. That doesn’t mean it lacks useful protections, though. On most devices, you can first set up a PIN and then go to Security -> Settings and enable the Encrypt Phone option. Note that initial encryption can take a while and […]

How to childproof your smart home

In the last few years, the smart home has transitioned from an interesting concept into a tangible reality. Devices such as voice-controlled speakers, networked thermostats, Wi-Fi-enabled refrigerators, automated floor cleaners and smart TVs are now rapidly changing the way many houses and apartments look, feel and sound. According to MarketsandMarkets, the global market for smart homes should expand […]

Make your devices go to sleep sooner

Password-protected PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones all have cutoff points at which they lock their screens, requiring re-entry of the passcode or PIN. The time frame for relocking is adjustable, but the safest option is to force anyone attempting to log in to re-enter the device password immediately. That way, you don’t have to worry […]

Configure a child lock on your smart TV

Smart TVs have built-in internet connectivity that allows you to stream video and purchase content like movies, TV shows and songs. Like an Echo, this functionality can be unknowingly misused by kids. Establishing a child lock – basically just a PIN that needs to be entered to unlock the device or make any purchases – […]

Keep your mobile device locked

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recommends locking your device when you are not using it. You might only step away for a few minutes, but that’s enough time for someone to steal or destroy your information. Use strong PINs and passwords to prevent others from accessing your device.