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How To Secure Your Smartphone

Posted on June 29, 2013 by admin There have been 0 comments

What would you do if you misplace your mobile phone, or worse still, had it stolen? A stolen phone can result in the theft or loss of personal, sensitive data. This data includes things from personal email addresses to social media accounts to bank accounts. Your smartphone houses a lot of important information, which means you need to take every measure possible to ensure its security.

Here are some of the things you could to to enhance the security of your smartphone:

1. Enable Password Protection: This may seem like an annoying feature to make use of, but it is highly valuable in protecting your smartphone’s data against theft. If you accidentally lose your smartphone or are the victim of a theft, an unlocked smartphone gives any passerby or thief complete access to every piece of data you access. Keep your PIN or password private and enable the feature that erases the phone if someone tries to guess the PIN too many times.

2. Enable Remote Wipe: This may never happen, but you should consider preparing for the worst. Remote wipe does what the name implies: it remotely wipes the data on your phone and restores it to the factory settings. This is not something you want to do every day, but should be prepared to initiate should your phone fall into the wrong hands.

3. Use a phone finder: Turn on the service or download an app that helps you find your phone if it’s lost or stolen. This allows you to ring your phone, locate it on a map, lock it, or erase its data—all remotely from your browser (like Internet Explorer or Firefox).

4. Turn Off GPS, Bluetooth& Wireless: When you aren’t using the GPS, Bluetooth and wireless features of your smartphone, you should consider disabling them. Not only are they constantly draining your battery, they can also be routes malicious content will access.

5. Install reputable Apps: It is advisable to download apps only from major app stores—the Windows Phone Store or Apple’s App Store, for example—and stick to popular apps with numerous reviews and comments. By only downloading from the official app stores, and not ‘jailbreaking’, or opening up your phone for non-regulated software, you’re already taking the first step toward keeping your phone safe.

6. Update When Prompted: Updates can be quite annoying to endure. They’re disruptive and tend to take a while to complete. But just as you do on your computer, accept and install all updates offered for both the phone itself and the apps on it. If you get behind on an update, you could be leaving your smartphone open for attack.

7. Back up your phone: Finally, make sure you back up your phone to your computer, cloud storage, or both.
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If you have further questions on the security of your smartphone, call the Paykobo Customer Care on 01-2793388 or email hello@paykobo.com and we'd be very glad to help you out. You can also drop your request in the comment box and we'd respond to you.


This post was posted in Phones & Tablets and was tagged with Smartphone, Android, Apps, iPhone

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