There's a lot to be said about computer security these days, but what about your cell phone? With more and more people using their smartphones to do things they would have done on a laptop just a year or two ago, it's important to take extra precautions just as you would with your computer. If you're conducting business on the go, you don't want your sensitive information to end up in the wrong hands. Below are a few things to keep in mind when using your smartphone.
1. Don't save your passwords. I know it's tempting to click that little "remember me" option when signing into a website you use frequently. Typing out your password every time you check your email or bank account can be annoying, but imagine your cell phone getting lost, or worse, stolen, and the thief is able to sign in to all of your accounts with just the click of a button. Your lost cell phone would be the least of your worries.
2. Watch What You Download. Using your phone to download is still sort of a new concept, as downloading on a PC once was. Because of this, your phone is susceptible to malware, well, much like your PC once was (and may still be). Download with care. If it seem suspect, don't do it and if you're not sure, exercise caution. Also, make sure your apps and smartphone operating systems are up-to-date, which can help keep some harm away from your phone.
3. Make sure websites are secure when necessary. Just as you would online, make sure any website where you are accessing sensitive data starts with "https." The extra "s" is for "secure." If your phone has an option for a secure connection, always choose it, especially when using a public Wi-Fi network.
4. Don't invite intruders with your Bluetooth. If you're not using Bluetooth, turn it off and make sure your phone asks your permission to pair up with other Bluetooth devices. This is an easy way to allow the wrong person to access your phone and information.
5. Reset your phone. If you're no longer planning to use your phone, especially if you plan to sell or donate it, make sure you've wiped it clean. Remove your SIM card and any memory cards. Also, make sure you restore it to the original factory settings.
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