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Smartphone Safety and Privacy Tips

These mobile phones are like mini-computers that are smarter and contain lots of personal information. In this article, we are going to share some tips to manage the privacy of your smartphone. If you have broken your phone then contact a trusted mobile phone repair company that respects your privacy.

Smartphone Safety and Privacy

1] Passcode

Putting a passcode on your mobile phone is the easiest thing to do. Having a passcode is important as it secures your mobile phone from others. They may try to access your accounts or may install the malware on it.

Moreover, if your mobile phone gets stolen then it will be harder for the thief to access your data. Some phone has 4-digit passcode while others have more complex passcode.

2] Location Sharing

Every smartphone these days have GPS that tells about your current location. Different applications use GPS to collect your location information. Android smartphone allows you to manage this feature by allowing you to select the applications that can access your location.

Moreover, the GPS use battery so if you turn it off, it can increase battery life. So, whenever you download a new app that requires location permission choose carefully.

3] Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a very useful feature that allows you to connect and share files with other devices. Moreover, it helps you connect with hands-free in your printer and car.

However, if someone has access, then it can misuse it by access your data and intercept calls. So, always turn off your Bluetooth when you are not using it. Moreover, it also has a passcode for security so only authorized devices can connect.

4] Privacy and Security Settings

Almost all the smartphone has privacy and safety settings to manage. You can manage them by going into the settings of your phone or in an app. Using these settings, you can limit the access of a specific application including your pictures, notes, contacts, location, etc. You can also use these settings to limit cookies and mobile data.

5] Automatically Login

Having a smartphone allows you to access your email and social media accounts by the tap of a finger. It also means that you are always logged into your accounts that contain sensitive information. Make sure that you logged out when others are using your phone.

Some of the accounts do not allow you to log out of certain accounts such as email. You need to remove these accounts to log out. Sometimes, some accounts are safer to access through the browser instead of an app.

6] Review Before Downloading any app

If you like an app and want to download it on your phone, read the reviews carefully. It is very easy for an individual to forget about an app. If you are not sure about an app uninstall it immediately. Maybe the app is accessing your information or showing unwanted ads on your smartphone.

7] Lock Down Your Online Accounts

Some accounts can be accessed even if someone does not have your phone. These accounts include call logs, email, social media, and wireless carrier account. It is better to frequently change the passwords and add security questions for an extra layer of security.

Originally posted 2019-07-27 12:53:56.

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