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Tips on how to keep your Mobile Phone Safe

Mobile phone security is emphasized due to several reasons. You phone, which acts as a personal data storage, is not as reliable as you may assume since the data on it can be accessed if you lose the device or by hackers. Contrary to common belief, using a password or a biometric unlock configuration is not all it takes to keep your mobile phone safe. They may be handy in physical situations, but they may not be enough to protect your phone in the virtual sense. The scanty knowledge about virtual security makes it difficult for most people to protect their phones from remote access. You can find tips on how to keep your mobile phone safe here.

You should always ensure that you have an active screen lock protection. The most common screen lock setups are pattern locks, pins, passwords, and fingerprint scans although some will come with retina scanners and facial recognition technology. If you lose your phone, then fingerprints will offer little protect if you left any traces on your phone. Passwords and pins tend to be a bit more reliable. If you are looking to spend the least time possible unlocking your phone then using a pin is your best alternative. If you choose to use a password, make sure it is hard enough to guess but memorable to you. If in any case you lose your phone, then you can use remote tracking services.

Any sensitive information on your phone should always be protected. You should create personal data backup by transferring the information on your device to your personal computer or a removable storage media. You can protect the data on your phone by using encryption software available on the internet. If someone tries to access the encrypted data on your phone, they will be required to enter a password or a pin code. Most of these software and application are free to download and need less hassle installing and configuring.

Your mobile phone is a security concern since it can send and receive data. Ensuring that your wireless connections are switched off when not in use is another security tip. This limits remote connections to your device without your permission. Always disable automatic connections to other networks via network security settings. Your wireless home network’s router should always be protected by an active passcode. In as much as bluetooth connectivity is limited by range, a hacker being within your proximity can pose a risk as they may be able to access your phone if bluetooth is enabled. You can make your phone invisible to other devices by setting your bluetooth’s status to ‘non-discoverable’.

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