How often do you think about smartphone safety? If you are like most people probably never. We obsess over hard to decipher passwords that will prove difficult for hackers but at the same time we fear we will never be able to remember them because they are so complicated. We see headlines about credit card security breeches. We cringe every time a major retailer has been hacked knowing that we have shopped at those stores and our information is possibly in the hands of cyber criminals. We think about online safety, obsess over social media identity leaks or compromising posts, worry about our digital footprints, but when it comes to smartphone safety we rarely give it a passing thought.
Smartphones currently outnumber traditional mobile phones. Over 56% of Americans adults have smartphones. This statistics does not include the number of people under the age of 21 who own smartphones. Our smartphones travel with us wherever we go and we feel immense panic if our batteries get is the red zone indicating low battery life. Probably the biggest trepidation we have is we discover that we accidentally left our smartphone at home and feel either extremely vulnerable that we will need it in an emergency situation or we fixate that we have missed something really important since we cannot check our phone to see incoming messages.
Considering that we rarely feel anxiety over smartphone safety, here are some things you may have overlooked. We all just assume that our smartphones are the one place we are not vulnerable. We never imagine that criminals, hackers, or cyber snoops would want access to our financial online banking data, our location, contacts, stored photos, who you call, and what you search for on your smartphone. Thinking that it might be good time to put some safety measures in place, here is a quick list of tips.
5 Smartphone Safety Tips
1. Manage your location settings. You may giving away info on apps, social media accounts, and GPS tracking features. You can control your location settings.
2. Password protect your phone, set up a screen lock or make sure you can track your phone (Find My iPhone) in the event it is stolen.
3.You loose control over your privacy every time you install apps without checking the permissions screen.
4. Keep your smartphone software up to date.
5. Your phone contains information that is personal to you. Don’t leave your phone exposed in public or susceptible to theft. Your info or photos may be stolen and used as blackmail.