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How to Secure Your Smartphone or iPhone

How to Secure Your Smartphone or iPhone

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smartphone-beanDemand for Smartphones are ever increasing as they become more and more intertwined with our daily routines. Users are consistently upgrading to the latest technology phones like android phones or iOS (iPhone operating system) phones to ensure the product of most convenience.

It has become like a personal dairy for users as they keep every important and personal data stored in it including important emails, social media accounts, bank details, personal pictures, videos and more. It becomes now important to keep your Smartphone secure from hackers, viruses and in case your phone is stolen or lost. It’s pretty easy to keep your Smartphone secure. Follow our guidelines and tips to ensure 100% protection of your mobile phone.

Step 1- Enable Password Protection to Your Smartphone:

The most effective way to keep your Smartphone safe is to enable password protection to it. It may be noted that your password shouldn’t be common like 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty, dragon,1234, 12345, baseball, football, monkey, 696969, abc123, Michael, shadow, master, Jennifer, 111111, 2000, Jordan, superman, Harley, 1234567, titanic, Jesus, justin, iloveyou or ihateyou which can easily hacked by anyone. It is better to keep your password strong.

For most phones, you can set your password in Settings-> Security but you should search it manually to know exactly where it is. Once it’s done, repeat it within yourself 2-5 times so that you can never forget it. We’re going to concentrate on most popular mobile operating systems and how they can be kept secure.

iOS (iPhone Operating System):

For an iOS phone, it’s very simple to set a passcode but a passcode is not as secure as a PIN number. Here it allows you
only 4 digits, which is certainly better than nothing, but yes, if you are using iPhone4 or iPhone 4S or higher, you can
then set a password instead. To set your iOS password or passcode, open the Settings app->General->Passcode Lock. Turn it
on and enter your new password or passcode. Don’t keep it common like your birthday, anniversary date, or the numeric
equivalents of the letters in your name that can be guessed by anyone. Try to use something random and strong.

android-Pattern-LockAndroid Phones:

Android’s latest security features come in the form of a swipe patterns in the form different shapes. In order to make a
swipe pattern, you connect different dots together to form it. Don’t make an ‘easy to guess’ shape because it gives you
an option to set any difficult pattern which may be hard for anyone to guess. To set one for your Android phone, go to
Settings->Security->Change Unlock Pattern. Check Require Pattern to enter a swipe pattern. Once you are done with it,
then only you will be able to enter it on home screen to unlock it.

Windows Phone 7:

Windows Phone 7 gives you an option to set a lock screen password. You can set it by going to your application list and
press Settings there. In settings you will see an option Lock & Wallpaper. Turn on the Password option there. Once it’s
done, you’ll be asked to enter a new password twice. Once you enter your new password, press done to save your settings.

Step 2- Enable Remote Wipe on Your SmartPhone:

Remote Wipe is a critical security feature that gives you an ability to remotely erase your phone data and restore it to
the factory settings if it gets lost or stolen. This feature may prove very helpful for you if unfortunately your phone
falls into the wrong hands.

Step 3- Turn Off GPS, Bluetooth & avoid Using Free but Unsecured Wi-Fi Access:
It is better to turn off Bluetooth, GPS or Wi-Fi of your Smartphone once you are done with it. It not only drains your
battery continuously but also gives access to malicious content to enter your Smartphone.

Step 4- Download Trustworthy Apps:

Now-a-days there are millions of apps which you can download and install on your mobile phone. Be always sure to download trustworthy apps from reliable sources like the Google Android Market (Play Store) for Android phones. Also before you download an app, read reviews about it and be sure you have a mobile security software or antivirus installed to your Smartphone.

Step 5- Antivirus/Mobile Security Tools:

Always be sure you have an up to date antivirus installed to your Smartphone. There are some important apps like Lookout Mobile security app that protects your iOS or Android devices around the clock from various mobile threats like malicious apps, fraudulent links or unsecure WiFi networks etc. Besides this, there are various mobile security softwares like McAfee, Kaspersky, Norton, Avast and AVG which protects your Smartphone from your various threats and viruses.

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