January 7, 2016 Leave a comment 6 essential steps to secure your smartphone or tablet By Justin Ferris 76,13876.1k Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Think for a second about how much of your life is on your smartphone or tablet. It probably has emails, texts, call logs, contacts, browsing history, social media apps, finance apps, saved passwords, credit card numbers, personal photos and more.Now think about how easy it would be for a snooping friend or family member to pick up your gadget and poke around in it. Or a thief could easily swipe it from your jacket pocket, your table at a restaurant or your home. -advertisement- Then there are data-stealing malicious apps and other automated threats hackers like to cook up. And don't forget about advertisers, cellular providers and the government tracking your movements online and in the real world.In short, there are plenty of risks to the sensitive information on your gadget. That's why you need to take immediate steps to lock down your phone or tablet. Let's look at what settings you need to change and apps you need to install on your Android, Apple or Windows Phone gadget to keep hackers and snoopers at bay.Next page: Stop snoops in their tracks Continued on next page12345Next View All Leave a comment Previous Tips 5 things you need to know about 3-D printed cars Next Tips Top tech trends of 2016 Related Articles Hide your ID online while gaining access to international content Exclusive smartphone comparison charts now updated and improved Make your computer start faster Don't let stores and airports track your movements!