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Safety with Smartphones

Through social media, banking apps, and limitless information access, we rely on smartphones more and more each day. Smartphone technology is constantly advancing, and with it, threats to your information and wallet. Make sure that you are not paying more for your smartphone service than you think--use the following guidelines to avoid hackers and scams.

Block Out Thieves

  • Always lock your phone with a passcode. Thieves often abandon devices with difficult-to-crack passwords, leaving them to be found with information intact.
  • Set up remote wiping software on your phone. This extra layer of protection allows you to instantly delete sensitive personal information from your phone while retaining it in your cloud storage.
  • Back up your data and install anti-malware software.

Guard Your Information

  • Beware of “Smishing,” or SMS phishing; these ruses trap victims with a convincing text message prompting users to enter their personal information.
  • Make sure to remove all personal identifying information from your device before getting rid of it.
  • Never store your PIN numbers, passwords, Social Security number, or credit card information on your phone.
  • Do not jailbreak or root your phone. Not only do you run the risk of destroying its internal hardware, but you expose your unprotected device to the dangers of malware, illicit applications, and harmful codes.

Avoid Public Pitfalls

  • Do not use your smartphone on the plane, even when allowed; the limited Wi-Fi network is especially susceptible to hacking.¬†
  • Disable the automatic Wi-Fi connection feature when in public places; hackers can covertly access an insecure Wi-Fi network. Only use personal Wi-Fi networks that you know are secure.
  • Avoid leaving Bluetooth connections open in crowded settings; nearby hackers can sneakily exploit the connection.

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