4 Simple Ways to Protect your Smartphone

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Jumia recently confirmed
<https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/04/20/jumia-sees-growth-in-smartphones-adoption-in-nigeria/>
a steady increase in the adoption and use of mobile phones in Nigeria, that
means so many users are open to losing important data and information.

Data that can be lost are an email address, social media details, bank
details and other private information. Smartphones contain loads of
personal information and it is important every user take the best
possible
steps to secure them.

These tips should help better secure your smartphone:

*1) Lock it with a passcode: *

90% of smartphones allow you to lock them with a PIN, passcode or a
pattern. Ensure you setup your password so as to protect your private
information against theft, if you don't and your device gets stolen it
gives any thief complete access to every bit of information stored on your
device.

Locking your phone is the first step required in protecting any smartphone.
Some smartphones like the recently released Tecno L9 Plus
<https://smartgeek.com.ng/2017/04/20/reviews-specifications-tecno-l9-plus/>
allows you to secure your device using a biometrics login (such as your
fingertip). A finger or thumbprint scan is most convenient if your
device offers it.

2) *Use Trustworthy Apps: *

Where you download your apps and documents from on the internet is very
important. One of the best parts of using a smartphone is you are
faced with a plethora of free apps, but such freedom also comes with a
disadvantage; malware. Apps are allowed to access a bit of your data
and
some untrustworthy ones might maliciously acquire access to things
they shouldn't access.

So before you go and download an app, read the reviews and research the app
itself to determine if it is truly legit, and consider mobile security
software <https://smartgeek.com.ng/2016/12/22/best3-free-antivirus/>.
Read the app permissions instead of blindly accepting the terms and
conditions.
Is there a reason a game wants access to your camera, microphone, and
contacts?

*3) Update Frequently*:

Sometimes updates are always frustrating, as they tend to use loads of
mobile data and also they take a while to finish off. Nevertheless,
updates fix bugs and found black holes in a software, so if you decide
not to
update you're left vulnerable to the bug recently fixed.

If you get behind on an update, odds are that you could be leaving your
smartphone open for attack.

*4) Prepare for the Worst: Remote Wipe*:

ALL smartphones now have remote wipe functions available to them, in case
you face the smartphone theft. If you notice your device has been stolen, a
remote wipe is the best way to feel safe as you know all your information
has been deleted before the thief can retrieve them.

What damage could they inflict upon your bank account, credit score,
and social networking accounts? If your answer is a lot, then you
should
consider putting a remote wipe app in place.

If your phone were to be pilfered, a remote wipe app would allow you
to simply turn on your computer, access your remote wipe settings via
a web
browser, and then relax a little. This software will remotely access
your phone via a wireless or carrier signal and return the smartphone
to its
factory settings, completely erasing all personal information
affiliated with you.

You can read how to remote wipe here.
<http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2352755,00.asp>

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