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Smartphone security tips

Some smartphone users believe that when it comes to security their phone is safer than their computer. This simply isn't true. Viruses, spyware, phishing scams, data loss and theft are all serious threats to your smartphones security. We put together a set of smartphone security measures that will help you to protect your smartphone:

1. Set up a password / pin code

Its the most simple step you can take to help protect your smartphone and also one of the most effective.

2. Turn off both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when your not using them

Hackers use open Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks to steal information from your smartphone. Be careful when your in coffee shop or airport lounge as this is where they have been known to target. You should never connect to untrusted Wi-Fi points. It maybe tempting, but its an easy way for people to gain access to your smartphone.

3. Back-up data

As you should back-up data on your computer, you should back-up data on your smartphone particularly if your a business user.

4. Use mobile anti-virus software

The number of virus attacks on smartphones has dramatically increased over the past year. Anti-virus will detect and remove viruses and other forms of malware.

5. Install updates

Smartphone developers often discover security vulnerabilities in their operating system after a smartphone has been released. They address and fix these problems by issing updates, which you should always install once one becomes available. You should also update any apps that you have on your smartphone as they also might have security updates.

6. Don't unlock your phone / jailbreak

It might be tempting to unlock your smartphone, but you should remember that it can make your phone vulnerable to security threats.

7. Use encryption

Some smartphones offer encryption tools and you should use them if they are available.

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