Blog Series Part 3: Securing your Smartphone

9th June 2017 Crista Renouard News No comments

For the next 4 weeks, we’re doing a 4 part blog series to dig into the practical steps anybody can take to promote Cyber Security.

 

 

AdobeStock_95155669sm-600x200.jpgSmartphones are essentially mini computers that allow the user to access a vast amount of information on the move. Securing your Smartphone is critical to ensure that the information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

 

Part 3: Securing your Smartphone

Follow the steps below to make sure you are protected:

  • Always secure your smartphone with a password
  • Be sure that your device locks itself automatically
  • Only download apps from approved sources
  • Check your apps’ permissions
  • Don’t miss operating system updates
  • Be wary of any links you receive via email or text message
  • Enable tracking settings i.e. Find My Phone
  • Turn off Bluetooth and NFC (near field communication) when not in use
  • Use public Wi-Fi safely i.e. do banking or shopping at home
  • Wipe your old gadget before donating, selling or recycling

 

How to stop advertisers and more from tracking you

  • iPhone users - go into Settings > Privacy > scroll down to Advertising > slide the ‘Limit ad Tracking’ to show green. This will stop ad companies from tracking what you do with your phone and serving targeted ads.
  • Android users - go to your Google Settings App > turn off ‘Google AdID’ at the bottom of the page > Ads > check ‘opt out of interest-based ads’.
  • Windows users - log into your Microsoft account > search ‘Ad opt-out page’ > change ‘personalize ads whenever I use my Microsoft account’ to off.

‘Reset Advertising Identifier’ will zero out the anonymized identifier linked to your personal data on Apple’s servers, i.e. you will appear to be a new user making it more difficult for advertisers to build up a browsing profile.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 or check out the final installment of our series, we'll be talking about how to spot and avoid phishing scams. See you next week!

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