Tips for Protecting Your Smartphone

Many people now use smartphones to make online purchases, conduct banking, download applications and handle business. Learn how to protect your personal information from identity theft and fraud thieves who may target smartphone users.

  • When installing an application (app), read the small print and consider the personal information the app requires. If an app requires significant personal information, reconsider installing it.
  • Download store-specific apps like those for Target or Amazon. (Always make sure the Web site URL starts with a secure https:// and contains a locked padlock icon.)
  • Install—and regularly update—any security software that's made specifically for your smartphone. These updates often include patches for security flaws.
  • Set up a screen-lock passcode to protect your smartphone.

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