The 8 Best Ways to Protect Smartphones

October 11, 2011 - Updated: October 11, 2011

 

We all know if we accidentally spill water on our smartphone, placing it in a container full of rice might just save it. But what about protecting the smartphone from the inside? Smartphones can become a haven for spam, scammers and security issues if you're not careful. Read on for some security essentials for the smartphone.

 

Beware of Bluetooth. Bluetooth is great for hands-free use, but it is easy for scammers to compromise and use to steal important personal data from your smartphone. Instead, use a hands-free headset if you need to make a phone call while driving.


Choose your apps (applications) wisely. If you go on Facebook from your smartphone, avoid using games or other applications that aren't native to Facebook. Native apps are applications that come standard with Facebook, such as photo uploading and sharing. Other applications can leak important information that you don't want leaked.


Keep your apps clean. Regularly clean up your applications, deleting ones that you don't use.


Research your apps. Only download applications from reputable developers to avoid accidentally downloading malicious applications. Most applications for smartphones have reviews that will let you know if the app is worth it or not.


Code your card. Your phone has a SIM card, which allows you to use it. If you ever lose your smartphone, others will be able to use it - unless you set a PIN number for your SIM card to protect yourself.


Avoid nosy applications. A simple application such as a calculator or game will not need access to the internet or your contacts to run. When installing, if the application asks for permission for these or other security essentials, don't install it.


Be careful of updates. A quick way to get someone to click a link on the smartphone is to say it's an update for a popular app. Instead, go directly to the application's website and don't trust application update links from the smartphone itself.


Log out. After you're done using Facebook, Twitter, online banking or your email, log out. This will prevent others from accessing your personal information if your phone is lost.


Google unknown numbers. Before opening a text from an unknown number on your smartphone, Google the number. There are many websites that keep track of phishing scams and the numbers associated with them.


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