Device Security and You: The Basics

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If you own a smartphone and tablet, you are well aware how useful they can be. However, with ever increasing smartphone and device usage, these helpful tools are becoming an even greater target for criminals. Here are a few tips to help secure these everyday items:

  1. Update your Phone and Apps often

Just like any other computer, the simplest thing you can do to protect yourself is to update your applications and phone whenever possible.  Usually, automatic updates are prompted. However, if you need to update manually, you should be able to do so under the settings menu for both Android and Apple.

  1. Put a Password on Your Device

Leaving your device unsecured can have worse consequences than a snooping friend changing photos or your Facebook status. Rather it provides easy access to your private information. It is best to use an actual password and/or biometric information (fingerprints or facial recognition) instead of a simple swipe lock or pattern.

  1. Only Install Trusted Apps

Installing apps that are not found on iTunes or the Play Store is a risky proposition. Unverified apps aren’t always what they advertise and could compromise your device if installed. Unless you know exactly what you are installing and received it from a trusted source, it is often better to pass on unknown apps and only install verified apps.

If you want to know more about Android and Apple devices, here are a few fine selections from our library:

Android Phones for Dummies by Dan Gookin

Apple Watch for Dummies by Marc Saltzman

iPad for Dummies by Edward C Baig

iPhone for Dummies by Edward C Baig

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