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Smartphone security tips: how to keep your mobile safe

It doesn’t matter how smart your smartphone is, when it comes to security, you’re the one in control. While most of today’s phones have some fab safety features, they’re only successful if you keep up your end of the bargain.

That’s why we’ve put together some top tips for keeping your smartphone safe, perfect whether you’re an Apple iPhone fan, an Android aficionado or a Windows phone convert.

Use available passcodes

Your phone will give you the option to keep your lock screen secure, be sure to take it. From fingerprint recognition, to Android’s face lock or simple pass codes, there are plenty of ways to make it harder for someone to snoop through your phone’s contents.

 

Keep your software up to date

 

Upgrading your phone to the latest software may seem like a chore, but it’s worth it in more ways than one. Not only will you be able to take advantage of new features and apps, you’re likely to also be installing new security measures that have been developed behind the scenes.

 

Only use accredited apps

Sometimes, you might spot a really cool looking app that isn’t on sale through trusted vendors like the App Store or Google Play Store and our advice is to steer clear, no matter how tempting it seems. Major stores keep an eye on the apps they’re selling and if you download from a non-curated source, you might just be asking for trouble.

Make the most of guest modes

Lots of Android and Windows smartphones have introduced a handy kid setting or guest mode, meaning that when you hand your mobile over to someone else, you can have some control over what they access. This is a great way to keep certain areas of your phone private and you can set up a simple passcode to flick between the modes.

Install an antivirus

Make it difficult for malicious software to take hold by installing antivirus software. While you’re less likely to come across viruses via your phone than you are on your desktop, especially if you’re an iPhone user who sticks to the App Store, there’s still a small risk – and apps from McAfee, AVG and Lookout can reduce it even further.

Consider a sim lock

Allowing you to set a passcode that needs to be entered every time you make a call, a sim lock might not be the most practical of security solutions for everyday use, but can be great in high risk situations. The lock means that if someone takes your phone without your knowledge, they won’t be able to make calls and run up high bills – even if they manage to bypass your secure lock screen.

Enable location settings

You might think that turning your location settings off seems like a logical security step, but it’s actually a very useful tool for tracking your phone if the worst happens. Apps like “Find my iPhone” use your location settings to track down the device and let you ring, lock or remotely erase it if needs be.