Protecting your phone from hackers

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We usually don’t think of our cellphones as being vulnerable but they are.

Hackers have several tricks to get information off of your phone where they can use it to set up accounts, credit cards or bank transfers.

Here some tips to make your smartphone experience safer:

  • Always use passwords.
  • iPhones and other models now have “biometric” fingerprint ID instead of passwords.
  • Don’t share passwords with anyone else. Even when you make an exception for someone you trust deeply to help you out in a fix, such as a spouse, change the password after they’ve helped you.
  • Save a backup copy of the important correspondence, attached files or photos you have on your smart phone to somewhere else, iCloud, Dropbox, or keep the backups on your PC, laptop, tablet etc.
  • Password protect your voicemail. One way to make sure ill-willed predators don’t remove private voicemail messages from your system is to make sure that your voicemail is password protected.
  • Choose a password that is hard to guess.
  • Don’t use the same password for all your phone accounts.
  • If you have Bluetooth enabled, make sure ‘Discoverable’ mode is disabled. This prevents your phone from being detected by others scanning for Bluetooth devices in the area.
  • Finally, keep an eye on your phone. Hundreds of thousands of phones are stolen each year.

Your data is valuable and somethings are hard or impossible to replace.  By changing the way you handle your data security, you can be sure that your valuable memories and documents are safe!