5 Tricks to Keep your Mobile Phone Safe

Today, most of us can’t live without our smartphones since they are the lifeline to online banking, shopping, keeping in contact with our loved one and so much more.

According to Consumer Reports, more than two million people lost their smartphones in 2014, and if you don’t believe your phone will be part of this statistic, you may want to think again.

If you’re guilty of never signing out of your apps or not implementing any sort of security, you are a prime candidate for identity theft. However, if you apply these five tricks, you shouldn’t have to worry as much if you found out your phone was missing:

1. Lock Your Sign-In Screen

Whenever you sign into your phone, you will want to have some sort of security on the sign-in screen. Whether it’s using your fingerprint with newer phone models or having a simple PIN, this will prevent unauthorized access since the intruder won’t even be able to sign in.

2. Lock Your Apps

Even if you have your main screen locked, it doesn’t mean some savvy hackers can still access your apps. To take it one step further, consider adding an extra layer of security to protect sensitive apps such as your online banking. Apps, such as AppLock, will able to add that additional layer to keep your mind at ease.

3. Use an Antivirus

While smartphones are far less at risk than a desktop computer, it doesn’t mean your smartphone can become infected. An antivirus app will scan your apps, files and websites before they are even downloaded on your phone. Keep in mind, however, that the iPhone doesn’t have any antivirus apps on the market, but if you have an Android-based phone, you’re in luck because some big brands, such as Avira and Lookout, have a large presence on the market.

4. Avoid Public Networks

Another way intruders can gain access to your important files and information is via an unsecured WiFi network. If you find yourself connecting to public WiFi without entering any sort of password, it’s best to avoid doing so and sticking to 4G networks instead since it’s deemed safer.

5. Track Your Phone

If your phone were to get lost, you have plenty of options to find it if the right apps are installed. On Android, for instance, you can connect your phone with your Google account, and if your phone did end up missing, you can log into your account anywhere with Internet access to find, ping or even erase data on your phone. With iOS, you would log into the iCloud from the computer or you could simply use a third-party app.

Take a few minutes out of your day to apply these tricks to make sure your phone stays safe at all times. By doing so, it will save you a lot of headaches or stress if your phone were to get lost or hacked.

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