Keeping Cellphones Safe: 6 Tips You Should Never Forget

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During 2014 we have seen an unprecedented number of hacks and attacks, on not just phones, but just about anything and everything that is digital in nature. Keeping information secure and private has never before been as important because we have never before used these devices as much as we do now. Only five years ago people weren’t as plugged in as they are now. Giving up the tech isn’t really much of an option, but there is so much more than people can do to stay safe.

  • Always make sure that your passwords are airtight and that you never repeated the same password twice. Some places have high end security and won’t lose your credentials, but others might. So you can lose your account because you used the same password on a website that couldn’t store your information in a better fashion.

  • Get protective apps to keep your phone’s security in check. Malware is on the rise and even if you aren’t thinking about malware there is so much that can be installed onto your phone without your knowledge. From keyloggers to spyware – there is a lot of bad stuff out there, and all you have to do to block it is be a little bit more careful.

  • Don’t click on links in any emails under any circumstances unless you are sure of who they are coming from and that they are pointing to the source that they claim to be from. Phishing scams work by convincing the user that they originate from someplace that they didn’t. So if you want to avoid trouble simply hover your mouse over a link and see what address pops out.

  • Look for the small padlock in the address bar and “HTTPS” instead of just “HTTP” when you’re browsing. Websites that are authentic and won’t get you into trouble will always have a padlock next to their address in the address bar, and they’ll always come fitted with HTTPS.

  • Don’t auto connect to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections, that’s never a good idea. Your phone can’t tell if a connection is going to turn out to be a malicious point setup by a hacker to get your information. It can only tell that a connection is strong.

  • Use pin codes or passwords on your phone. There is no reason for you to not use a password except that it’s a slight inconvenience, which it stops being in a short while once you get used to punching it in every time you want to access your phone.

Essentially, keeping yourself and your phone safe is more about learning the art of being cautious about things in the digital world. If you don’t give a second thought to security you will eventually find yourself in a jam. However, if you are careful and keep an eye out for trouble the likelihood is that you will find a way to avoid it.

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