1. Keep Your Operating System Up-to-Date
It is important to update your operating system as soon as a new version is released. Don't wait on these updates, because they often include security bug fixes.
2. Delete the Apps You Don't Use
We recommend going through your phone and deleting any apps that you don't plan on using in the future. Every app has the potential to be infected.
3. Lock Your Phone
Every phone has an auto-locking security feature with a 4 or 6 digit passcode. Make sure to turn this setting on as soon as you purchase a new phone.
4. Avoid Public Wi-Fi for Sensitive Tasks
Public Wi-Fi can be a lifesaver when you need to access the Internet and don't have cell service, but these networks are not secure. When anyone can access the same Wi-Fi, it is easy for hackers to capture your personal information, such as your passwords or credit card details.
5. Don't Click on Questionable Links
Junk mail and other spam attempts are made all the time. Often, phising is disguised in such a clever way that even an experienced web surfer accidentally clicks on a
6. Delete Data Remotely to Prevent Theft
When setting up a new cell phone, make sure to enable the "Android Device Manager" or "Find My iPhone" feature, so that you can track the phone down if it goes missing.
These apps also allow you to delete the phone's hard drive remotely, before the thieves can get to it.
7. Be Cautious When Asked to Provide Personal Info
Every time you sign up for a new service online, you will probably be asked to provide personal details, such as your name and email address. We do this all the time, but
it puts us at risk for spam email and texts.
8. Avoid Using Unoffical Tools
There're many unofficial (and legally murky) software tools that promise to "jailbreak" or "root" your phone, so you can use it with other cell networks. This opens your
device to potential security threats.
9. Be Careful About Granting Permissions
By law, smartphone apps must ask for permission to access your personal data and various phone functions, such as the camera or microphone. Often, an app will need
access to work properly, but some apps abuse these permissions.
10. Avoid Auto-Login Features
We recommend turning off your phone's auto-login features, so that it is harder for bad actors to access your accounts. Auto-login can be extremely useful when you
don't want to remember or type passwords, but you shouldn't use it for sensitive apps like online banking and email.
11. Install an antivirus app
Finally, the top ways to protect yourself is to download a mobile security app to catch those pesky "phone viruses" and to be judicious about what apps you download.