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Six Ways To Keep Your Mobile Devices Secure

  • Security
  • August 2019
  • Premier America
  1. Select apps carefully. You wouldn’t visit a questionable website you’re not familiar with. And it’s a good idea to avoid apps you’re not familiar with, too. Only download apps that come from sources you trust, to reduce the risk of having malware installed on your device.
  2. Say “yes” to updates. Maintaining the most current versions of your operating system and apps resolves known security vulnerabilities. Consider setting up your devices to install updates automatically to help keep your information safe and secure. 
  3. Install an anti-malware program. Anti-malware software on computers has been commonplace for decades. But it’s not as prevalent on smartphones or tablets, and the incidence of malware on mobile devices has skyrocketed in recent years. Consider installing anti-malware software to help protect your devices against viruses, ransomware and other types of online threats.
  4. Use a password. Require users to input a password to gain access to your phone or tablet. Set up your devices so they default to the password log-in screen after a short period of inactivity. If your device is lost or stolen, this will make it more difficult for unauthorized users to access your information. 
  5. Back up your data. Use either an external drive or cloud storage to back-up your data, so you can recover it if your device is lost or stolen. 
  6. Install an app that lets you delete data remotely. If your smartphone or tablet falls into the wrong hands, this will enable you to remove your personal information without having the device in your possession.
To learn more about keeping your devices safe online, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s online  security resources at consumer.ftc.gov/topics/computer-security. 
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