5 + 1 tips to protect your phone, and your data

5 + 1 tips to protect your phone, and your data
Protecting our smartphones is more than just putting them in a case or putting on a screen guard. The data we pump in and out of them needs to be protected too.

Thankfully, the smartphones we have today offer us several options when it comes to keeping our devices and data secure. Doing so also upholds the protection you actively use when logging into a site or service when you are on a computer.

On a smartphone, the email is “always on.” Unlike a browser on your home computer, you do not need to log in every time you check your email, or messages. That arguably makes these simple tips to add a small layer of protection all the more important.

Nothing is guaranteed, but short of replacing your device with a Blackphone, these ideas will likely put you more than one step ahead of the general public. Since in some cases there are so many options available, make sure you do your own research and seek recommendations from colleagues or others whose input you trust.

Coupling these ideas along with getting familiar with your platform's "find my phone" type feature will help close the lid on any possible leaks of your information.  Should you lose your device, you can go to the requisite device manager and wipe the phone clean if there is a connection. 


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6 Comments

1. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

As always nice information....Keep it up guys

2. palmguy

Posts: 955; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I get a new Moto X tomorrow (bamboo back) to replace my current one(ebony back). Any problems possible when I put in my gmail info in if I encrypt phone tonight?

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Is using a same strong password for multiple accounts for a long time is insecure?

5. Gawain

Posts: 431; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Yes. Some people use two or three variations of one password, or two or three different passwords altogether. There are password generators/managers that elimintate this issue, but I am not well versed in how they work.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Is using a same strong password for multiple accounts for a long time is insecure?

6. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Typing in a strong password every time you unlock your device is a no no for me. The pattern code might not be as strong but its so much quicker and i can do it with one hand on my note 3. Also how many people can actually get pass my pattern code if found or stolen, it will be very very rare, possibly never will your device end up in the hands of a good hacker So my pattern code is just fine.

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