Our lives can now be found in our pockets: email, both work and personal. Favourite shops and restaurants. Banking. Our social lives. Our smartphones are a gateway to the world, but are also a detailed record of our lives – past, present and future. Like our home, everything that we are can be found in it.
We are told all of the time that online is the new frontier of crime: Identity theft. Scams. Hacking. Stalking. The message is clear: BE AFRAID! BE VERY AFRAID! Couple this with the constant juggle of modern life and an overload of information and paralysis can set in.
Although it is important to know the risks out there, it is more important to put fear aside and take control – think of your smartphone like a house.
Like keeping your house secure, keeping your smartphone secure is simple:
- Adjust your privacy and security settings, as they help you control the information that apps can access from your phone. This is like shutting the blinds to stop people seeing in from the street.
- Set your apps to automatically update on Wi-Fi, as these updates often provide fixes for known security faults.
- Use 2-step authentication where available on apps and accounts for that extra level of protection. This is like having a lock and an alarm for your home.
- All our online apps and accounts have passwords – but we all forget these and have to reset them from time to time. Make sure that the password that protects the email address where your recovery passwords are sent is unique, long and strong. This is just like keeping your house key somewhere safe.
- You could even use a password manager so that you don’t need to remember all those different passwords.
Remember, YOU control your smartphone. With so much information on there, keep it safe as houses.