Be smart about your phone

You just bought the latest smartphone. You loaded all your favorite apps — online banking, GPS, even an app to track your health.

But now your phone is full of information about you — how much money you have, where you are and whether you’ve gained a little weight. Your information can cause problems if it’s in the wrong hands. Want to protect it? These tips are for you: 

  • Set your phone to lock automatically. When you don’t use your phone for a few minutes, the phone should automatically lock itself and require a password to reopen.
  • Use passwords for your phone. In addition to a password to unlock your phone, use different passwords for each shopping or financial app. Don’t share your passwords with anyone.
  • Be wise about Wi-Fi. Don’t send personal information on a public wireless network in a coffee shop, library or hotel. Wait until you can use an encrypted Wi-Fi network that requires a password. 
  • Foil phishing attempts. Don’t text or email personal information, and delete any texts or email messages that ask for it. If you must give out personal information, do it only if you type in the organization’s web address yourself and you see signs that the site is secure — either “https” (the “s” stands for secure) or a lock icon.
  • Connect to Bluetooth carefully. Bluetooth makes it easier for you to connect your phone with other devices. But, like other wireless connections, Bluetooth also can make it easier for thieves to steal your personal information. So, connect to Bluetooth in private, uncrowded areas only. Don’t forget to turn off Bluetooth when you aren’t using it. 

Now you’re ready to start using your new phone, right? Before you toss your old smartphone, remove all your personal information. It’s important to protect your personal information from the moment you start using your phone until you get rid of it.

To learn more, check out our articles on keeping your personal information secure and understanding mobile apps.

Comments

"Great" imformation I'm one who leaks out way too much imfo...if someone asks me what color the sky is in my area....I have be true blue.....and tell them it's blue lol.....what I'm getting at is the maps.... seems we have to allow these to track us to work proper....so maybe you or someone else could explain getting around this hurdel in a private sort of way....Thank you ever so much......Ampa.

I have an ongoing issue, I just bought a car last week, the only reason I purchased this vehicle is because it was the only car they would let me have due to my credit score being so low due to several surgeries and hospital stays. I am on disability now and cannot work anymore due to herniated disc in my spine. I bought a Chevrolet HHR SS, the steering is like turning a 1960 model tractor its so stiff. In 2009-2014 GM recalled these same model cars for repair on steering as it was a personal injury matter that ended in some human casualties. I told the dealership about it and they ignored me, the next day they told me to contact GM so I did, they told me there was no recall in 2008. I told them that there should have been because 2008 models were having the same steering issues. They refused to talk further on this issue. What am I to do?

Try filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and the FTC. Also, check if your state enacts the "Lemon Law".

I am very glad by your advice i got more llesson from you about my mobile advice usages and to protect my self from identity thefts and to how to keep safety my personal information as wellas my document keep safety i got more lesson from you.
i will be practical your advice.

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