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9 Ways You Should Protect Your Smartphone Data

9 Ways You Should Protect Your Smartphone Data
March 21, 2017

Smartphones contain a staggering amount of personal data, from family photos to emails and bank accounts. This information is incredibly valuable to would-be thieves and hackers. These tips are designed to help you secure your smartphone and protect your personal information. Because there are no foolproof security measures it is important to monitor and protect your identity. IDShield provides comprehensive identity protection, from proactive consultations and monitoring to restoration in the event of identity theft.

  1. Set your phone to automatically lock when not in use. Leaving your phone unlocked is asking for trouble. If your phone or tablet is stolen or misplaced, keeping it locked will help protect your data. Some phones and devices can be configured to delete all stored data when an incorrect password is entered multiple times.
     
  2. Use strong passwords and update them on a regular basis. Secure passwords include numbers, symbols, lowercase and capital letters. You should not use your name or other easily identifiable information such as a street address or birth date in your password. Do not use the same password for all of your accounts. It is also important to periodically update your passwords.
     
  3. If you are not already an IDShield member consider signing up. IDShield provides comprehensive identity protection, from proactive consultations and monitoring to restoration in the event of identity theft. It is the only identity theft protection service with a network of licensed private investigators, a five-million-dollar service guarantee and 24/7 access to service. If you are an IDShield member download the new IDShield App from the iTunes or Android store today.
     
  4. Beware of free open Wi-Fi hotspots. Configure your phone to only join networks you approve. Scammers sometimes set up free wireless networks in public places to lure users to log on. Joining the network could allow the scammer to track data going to and from your phone.
     
  5. Practice common sense when using your phone in public. Phone thieves refer to the practice as “Apple picking”. These thieves look for easy targets such as people who leave their phone on a car seat or café table or are otherwise unaware of their surroundings. Avoid presenting opportunities by keeping your phone with you and paying attention to your surroundings.
     
  6. Update your device's software. Hackers are continually looking for new security flaws to exploit. Many software updates include important security patches that repair known flaws. Failing to update your software or apps may leave you vulnerable to hackers.
     
  7. Location and anti-theft applications may help you locate a lost phone or deactivate a stolen phone. There are a wide variety of apps that help users locate a lost or stolen phone. Some apps allow you to delete data remotely or completely disable the device. Check reviews and specifications carefully and test the software before your phone is lost or stolen so you know how to use it when the time comes.
     
  8. Use encryption to protect sensitive information. If you use your phone or other mobile device for particularly sensitive business or financial communications, talk to your IT professional about using encryption to protect your data.
     
  9. Only download reviewed and tested applications. Some apps and websites may include malicious software designed to capture your personal information. Read reviews and research new apps before installation.

Smartphones contain a staggering amount of personal data, from family photos to emails and bank accounts. This information is incredibly valuable to would-be thieves and hackers. These tips are designed to help you secure your smartphone and protect your personal information. Because there are no foolproof security measures it is important to monitor and protect your identity. IDShield provides comprehensive identity protection, from proactive consultations and monitoring to restoration in the event of identity theft.

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