Protect the Data on Your Phone
Dec 01, 2020
Your cell phone holds some of your most sensitive, personal information. Here are some tips on how to protect the data on your phone & keep your information private.
Lock Your Phone
Set your phone to lock when you're not using it and create a PIN or passcode to unlock it. Use at least a 6-digit passcode. You may also be able to unlock your phone with your fingerprint, your retina, or your face.
Update Your Software
Enable auto updates for your operating system. These updates often include critical patches and protections against security threats. Make sure your apps also auto-update.
Back Up Your Data
Back up the data on your phone regularly. That way, if you lose your phone, you'll still have access to your personal information.
Get Help Finding a Lost Phone
Mobile operating systems have programs that help you find your phone if you lose it. They also let you lock or erase all the data on your phone, in case you think someone stole it.
Beware of Public WiFi
Never use unsecured wi-fi at a coffee shop, library, airport or hotel to transmit personal or financial information. This could open the door for hackers to steal your data.
Use a Password Manager
A digital password manager allows you to use stronger & different passwords for each account. You will no longer have to create shorter and weaker passwords in order to remember them.
Set Up Two-Step Authentication
Whenever possible, use a two-step authentication to access websites or apps. This requires a combination of two verification methods such as entering a password AND using a fingerprint or facial recognition to gain access.