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  • Smartphone Security Tips

    May 17, 2017

    Featured Writer: Todd Shaak, AgChoice IT specialist

    Smartphones are a one-stop banking, health tracking, working, gaming, productivity, texting, tweeting and Facebook-checking machine. We use them to do just about everything, so here are  a few tips to keep your phone and personal data secure.

    Use a passcode.

    While this may seem obvious, a Consumer Reports survey found 64% of us do not use a passcode of any kind. Whether it is a passcode, a swipe pattern or fingerprint, do yourself a favor and add this layer of protection.

    Do not  click on suspicious links.

    Maybe it is a false sense of security, but for some reason people are three times more likely to click on suspicious links on their phone than on a PC. Consider your phone a tiny computer; they can get viruses and hacked too, so be as alert with them as you would your home computer.

    Keep software up to date

    While it is easy to fall behind on keeping your smartphone’s operating system and apps up to date, it is important to remember that these updates often include patches for security risks that will help keep you protected. 

    Log out of websites after you make a payment

    Mobile banking is at an all-time high. Its convenience is undeniable, but so are the security risks. Even if you have an entry-level passcode on your phone, always log out of financial apps or websites once you finish your transaction.

    Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use

    You think of them as a way to connect to something, but thieves can use them to connect to your device and access information.

    Use a recovery app to find a lost or stolen device

    With the apps on Android and IOS devices now, you can lock down access to your device, find its current GPS location and even remotely wipe the device if necessary. All are great features if a device is lost or stolen. Do yourself a favor and learn how this software works before you need it so you are prepared in the event of loss or theft.

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