We're always warning you of the latest cybercrimes. Data breaches, ransomware and phishing attacks are constantly in the headlines these days.
It's not just criminals trying to break into our gadgets either. It was recently leaked that the CIA has been hacking smartphones, TVs and other items to spy on us for years. Knowing that seemingly everyone is after our personal information, it's a good idea to take safety precautions.
That's why it's important for you to know these seven ways to hack-proof your smartphone to keep your data safe.
1. Update your software
One of the most important safety precautions as a smartphone user is to keep its operating system (OS) up to date. It's important because, when OS vulnerabilities are discovered, updates are sent out that contain patches for those flaws.
That makes it critical to install OS updates ASAP. Here are the steps to update both Apple iOS and Android OS:
Go into your "Settings" app and select "General." From there, select "Software Update" and your iPhone will begin to check for updates. Then select "Download and Install."
Open Settings >> Tap About Phone >> Tap System Updates >> If there is an available update tap Restart and Install.
2. Keep criminals out of your phone
If your phone is stolen, the thief can gain access to all of the sensitive data that's stored in it. That means it is important to make it as difficult for them to get into it as possible.
3. Use phone locating apps
Losing your phone or having it stolen is scary. There's so much personal data stored in it you don't want it getting into the wrong hands. If this unfortunate situation happens to you, there are apps that will help you track down your gadget.
Find My iPhone: This is a free app you can download from the App Store. If you lose your phone, you can log into your Apple ID account from another device and see a map of where it is. Getting the phone back is great, but the real saving grace is being able to wipe the phone clean; this app allows you to erase all your phone's content and settings.
Android Device Manager: This is a free app you can download from the Google Play store. If you lose your phone, you can log in to your Google account from another device and see a map of where it is. This app also allows you to wipe the phone clean, erase all your phone data and reset your lock screen passcode.