What is it worth for you to make sure your home and family are protected? Do you lock your car doors and front door at night? Does losing personal belongings worry you?
You have to begin to consider that your smartphone is just as important to adequately protect as your front door. There’s a ton of valuable things in there that you don’t want to get into the wrong hands.
Skipping the steps to secure your smartphone is not an option if you want to adequately protect yourself and your family.
In light of recent hacks we felt now was as timely as ever to show you how to protect your smartphone. There are a few key areas to consider so that your phone will be protected from hackers, identity theft, and even from anyone who steals your device.
- Start off with securing your device with a strong password.
Your device may have a variety of options to secure the screen, which can include a 4-digit PIN, a password, a swipe or tap pattern or a fingerprint scanner. While each method varies in level of security, one of the best methods to secure your screen is by using a strong password.
The features of a strong password are:
- At least 8 random characters
- A variety of character types including letters, numbers and symbols
Avoid using dictionary terms and personal information that’s commonly known or can be easily guessed, like a family member’s name or birthday.
On Apple® devices, look for password settings on the Settings screen under passcode.
- Turn on your device’s auto-lock feature.
Setting your device screen to automatically lock after a period of inactivity can protect it from unwelcome access. Using auto-lock in conjunction with a password ensures others cannot easily access your device, even when left unattended.
For more information on auto-lock settings, check your device’s user manual.
- Enable two-step verification for all apps and websites that offer it.
Although two-step verification may sound like a dance featured in a rap video, it’s actually a dance between your e-mail/mobile device and the log-in page. The process adds an extra layer of security by requiring the input of a security pin in addition to your standard password when logging on to your social media or cloud from an unrecognized device. In the event that a hack steals your password, he or she will be denied access if not in possession of the randomly generated pin.
To enable two-step verification you typically head to the Settings or Account screen and look for security or privacy. If the application offers it you should find it here. Another term to look for is Two-factor authentication. The easiest method of two-step verification (if offered) is giving the application your phone number so they can text you a verification code, which you then enter back into the application to allow it to contact you the same way in case of a suspicious login.
We strongly urge you to protect yourself by taking these steps to secure your phone and valuable information. To get help with securing your phone head to your nearest Repair n Go store to speak with a repair technician.
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