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14 Tips For Secure Smartphone Use

By on April 14th, 2012

Although it has been on the market for only a few years, the smartphone has become ubiquitous.  We use it to talk, text, surf the web, bank, shop, listen to music, view videos, take photos, record video and audio, and conduct business.  These devices aren’t even phones but rather hand-held computers that offer a voice communication function.  Just as your laptop or desktop computer can be hacked or invaded by malware and viruses, so can your smartphone.  A computer is a computer.

Because smartphones are so much a part of our everyday lives, it is easy to become complacent about security when using one.  After all, we didn’t have to worry much about security issues when using a cell phone.  But smartphones aren’t cell phones; they are computers.  Smartphone users need to take certain security precautions to protect themselves and their data.  Data theft can lead to identity theft which can result in financial loss.  Think of securing your smartphone as another means of protecting your finances.

Smartphone security tips

Here are 14 tips for secure smartphone use:

If you don’t know how to turn off certain features on your smartphone or how to enable others, contact you smartphone customer service representative or visit your smartphone provider’s website.  Perform Google searches to discover and review security apps for your smartphone.

As a smartphone user, you are a target for those with a criminal intent to steal your data and profit from it.  Take the precautions listed above and be alert for suspicious activity when using your smartphone.  Protect the data on your smartphone as you would protect the personal information, credit cards, and cash you carry in your purse or wallet.

K.C. Knouse is the author of True Prosperity: Your Guide to a Cash-Based Lifestyle, Double-Dome Publications, 224 pages

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