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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A four-digit PIN is better than nothing, but it’s not the most secure method for unlocking your mobile device. On Android devices, you can use stronger settings, like complex patterns, sophisticated passwords or biometrics, including fingerprints and facial recognition. Set up a screen lock for your device, and the stronger it is, the better.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his account hijacked when someone successfully transferred his phone number to a different SIM. To prevent this type of situation, it might be useful to set a SIM PIN that protects access to your phone number. Contact your phone carrier to learn how to set this up.
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