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Smartphone Security Tips

In this guide, we will be looking at what you can do to prevent your Smartphone from being hacked. In light of the phone hacking scandal involving the News of the World, it is important for all of us to put up security barriers on our phones. News of the World might be out of the way but that doesn't mean some notorious individuals won't try to look into how they could hack into private phones and steal information.

Many of us don't bother to get security software for our Smartphone, yet we use it to access the Internet and all sorts of things online. Some of us even make banking transactions with our mobile phones. There is mobile security software out there, but this is often overlooked. A few individuals, and security agencies peering into criminal's phones, was all we knew about phone hacking in the past. However, when the press got involved, it changed the game. Many criminals will be looking at phone hacking as a viable tool.

Password/Pin Protection

We all know that we can set up passwords on our phones; however, most of us don't bother to use this security feature. Using password protection ensures that no unauthorized person can access your phone. Do you leave your phone at your desk at work when you step away from your desk? Do you leave your phone on the table when using the restroom at a restaurant? If so, you are opening up the door for a lot of people to gain illegal access to your phone while you are away from your phone. Password protection ensures that no one can use your phone to send or make calls or run dubious software on your smartphone.

Encrypt Data on Your Phones

The Smartphone is not the best place to store important data. Nevertheless, if you must store important files on your smart phones, do make sure you encrypt the files on your computer before moving them to your smartphone.

Rights Management

Some smart phones have some sort of rights management system that puts a lock on downloading and uploading files to your phone. Look out for smart phones with these features.

Turn Off Wireless Features

All wireless features should be turned off when not in use. The Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi could be a pathway through which your phone could be hacked.

Smartphone Security Software

It is the job of the Smartphone security software to protect you from threats, monitor which software is connecting to the Internet and so on. The Apple iPhone has a feature that does this well, same as Android and BlackBerrry. If you are not using one of the smartphones listed above, it may be worth checking at a security software for your Smartphone. Kaspersky and Symantec both make good security software for Smartphones. It may even be worth looking at one of these security software packages if you are using an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry to boost your level of security.

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