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Smartphone Security Tips

We use our smartphones a lot – some of us use them for just about everything - but we don’t always take the right steps to keep our phones secure.

While phones are less likely to be targeted by viruses than home computers, it’s important to know there are simple things you can do to safeguard your smartphone – and your data.

Lock your screen. A passcode is your first defense against unauthorized access to your data. It’s a good idea to use it.

Back up your data. If something happens to your phone you could lose all of your data, including your photos.

Download only trusted apps. You’re safer downloading apps from one of the official stores, such as the Apple App Store or Google Play. And make sure when you download a banking or shopping app it’s an official app from a financial institution or retailer.

Update operating systems and apps. When you see that your operating system or an app needs updated, take the time to do it, or better yet, turn on auto updates if available. Updates can include important security fixes that help protect you.

Don’t store sensitive information. Don’t keep account numbers, passwords or other personal information on your phone.

Beware of public Wi-Fi. Experts recommend that you don’t do things like banking or making payments while using public Wi-Fi networks. Use your carrier's cell network instead.

Be secure. Shop only at sites that you trust and know are secure. And make sure to log out as soon as you are done.

Consider using an app to locate or remotely wipe your phone’s data. These options are standard on many smartphones and can help you find a misplaced phone or remotely erase the data on a stolen phone. Also, be sure to remove all your information on a phone before you give it away or trade it in.

When it comes to your phone, be sure to stay secure.