4 Quick Tips: Smartphone Security
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Sr. Product Marketing | Davin is an expert on mobile product storage and security. He joined SanDisk after working at Cisco. He studied electrical engineering and communications at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, so he can actually explain clearly how your mobile devices work. Davin’s personal interests include animal welfare and the environment.

Chances are you probably don’t spend that much time thinking about the safety and security of the data on your phone. However, given the amount of sensitive and potentially vulnerable information stored on most mobile devices (or at least accessible via apps on that device), mobile security is something that everyone should be taking more seriously.

The following are four simple, yet essential, tips to improve your mobile security.

Have a strong password, and set your phone to automatically lock

You are always better off with a long, alphanumeric password. However, if you decide to stick with a four-digit password, at the very least make sure that they are four completely random numbers. This means no “7777”, “0088”, or using your birthday.

In addition, always set your password to “immediately”. Even setting your phone for one minute lock time can give anyone eyeing your phone plenty of time if they swipe your phone without you noticing. The minor inconvenience of unlocking your phone every time you use it is a small price to pay for the security of your data.

Activate phone tracking software

Both Android and Apple’s iOS offer robust device tracking software that can be used to significantly increase the security of your device. The first thing you should do when getting a new device is activate Find My iPhone or Android Device Manager. Not only do these apps allow you to find your device if it is lost or stolen, they allow you to wipe your device to ensure that nobody has the opportunity to steal any of your sensitive information.

Avoid unsecured public WiFi

Whether in a coffee shop or an airport, public WiFi is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. While it can be tempting to take advantage of these public hotspots, using them puts your device at considerable risk, including having hackers see which websites you are visiting and your login credentials for any site you visit. Instead of using public hotspots, a 4G mobile WiFi device can provide the access you need without putting your sensitive information at risk.

Remove files from your phone

Also, the less personal information you store on your phone, the better. Remember, phones are lost and stolen with surprising frequency. So, from time to time you should move your photos and videos from your phone to your computer or a thumb drive that connects to your iPhone or Android – something that is less likely to be lost or stolen when you’re on the go.

It is important to treat your mobile device as the database of sensitive personal information that it is. The four steps above will go a long way to ensuring that your data is as safe as possible.

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About the Author

Sr. Product Marketing | Davin is an expert on mobile product storage and security. He joined SanDisk after working at Cisco. He studied electrical engineering and communications at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, so he can actually explain clearly how your mobile devices work. Davin’s personal interests include animal welfare and the environment.



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