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10 Steps to Smartphone Security for Android

Android is the most popular consumer computer operating system (OS) in the world. Although it has a reputation for being less safe than its main competitor, Apple’s iOS, there are steps most people can take to sharply reduce the risk to their devices and data. Let’s look at ten things you can do as an […]

Enable the PIN or fingerprint requirement on Venmo

If someone gets a hold of your device and you did not log out of your Venmo, that person could send themselves money through your account. For added security, you can enable the requirement that you must enter a PIN or fingerprint ID before sending money. To enable this feature: ● Go to Settings. ● […]

The importance of having a lock screen on your device

If someone gets hold of your phone, tablet or computer, and there’s no lock screen, the thief suddenly has access to everything on your device. While some of your apps will require passwords and multifactor authentication, many apps, like your photos and notes, typically do not. Also, if you don’t log out of your social […]

Select an alphanumeric code for your iPhone PIN

Many people set a four- or six-digit numeric PIN for their iPhones, but you can add another layer of security. If your passcode contains letters, numbers and symbols, it will be much more difficult for someone to guess. To upgrade your passcode: Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode > Passcode […]

Set up a PIN for voice purchases

If you have an Alexa device, you can set it up so that it will purchase items when you ask it to. However, this gives anyone in your home, including guests, the power to buy something with your credit card easily. It’s more secure to enable a PIN that you also have to say along […]

Update your carrier PIN to protect against SIM swap scams

Enabling multifactor authentication is a good step toward better cybersecurity. However, if a determined hacker gains access to the account number associated with your phone number’s mobile carrier and they can guess the PIN you set up when you opened the account, these bad actors may be able to execute a SIM swap and circumvent […]