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5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by kingvectorv(m): 6:00am On Apr 21
Your smartphone is most at times precious than your wallet, your keys and in some cases, but we all have that nagging guilt that we don't do enough to protect our devices beyond perhaps having a four digit pass code. So here are some few tips to help secure your smartphones.

1. Update your software
Whether you are running iOS, Android or Windows Phone i would always advise you to grab the latest version of the OS available. This can be a little difficult with Android updates often taking a little while to go through manufacturer and network testing but is well worth it.
Part of the reason we suggest grabbing the latest OS is because it comes with all the added bonuses whether it's the Control Center of iOS7 or the clear bars on Android KitKat, but also because a lot of security loopholes will have been closed.
These updates don't just pop up in major iterations either; Apple is currently pushing out iOS 7.0.6 in order to close a problem associated with using Apple devices on an unsecured network.
Most manufacturers allow you to set your phone to check for updates automatically, so always make sure this box is ticked.

2. Use a secure lock screen
It seems almost nonsensical in this day and age to not have a basic password on your lock screen, even if it is a basic one. One of the first things we'd suggest is to navigate into your device's security settings and enable a pass lock.
There are obvious benefits to having even a basic lock, but whilst face lock of Android might seem fun it isn't the most secure system out there, with many Google devices rating the effectiveness of each security system so you can make an informed choice.
Pattern unlocks and pins are some of the most secure but if you can handle the hassle we'd always suggest a full alphanumeric password. Also ensure that any boxes that say "make passwords visible" are also unticked.
If you want to take it one step further then we'd also recommend changing your pass code regularly in case someone spots what you've typed in over your shoulder.

3. Install antivirus software
One of the biggest threats that could see data leaked is the less-than-humble virus. The problem isn't as widespread as on desktop computers, and if you don't download dodgy software chances are that within a 2 year contract you won't come across anything malicious, but there is still a credible threat out there.
The problem appears to be less hazardous for iPhones thanks to Apple's strict controlling of the App store.
The open source nature of Android makes it a lot more vulnerable, as malicious apps can be sideloaded onto the device without being checked by Google. In both cases this is something that can be countered through the use of mobile Antivirus software.
The likes of McAfee, AVG and Lookout grace both the iOS App Store and the Google Play store for added security, but obviously be careful of any apps that seem a little suspicious.
If you're really worried check out the manufacturer's website as most will come with a link to their mobile app.

4. Disable apps from untrusted sources and don't root or jailbreak
Whilst it can often be a nice idea to download and install apps that aren't found on the App Store or Google Play Store, these apps tend to be the ones that are less secure. Google, Apple and Microsoft, as well as the likes of BlackBerry, keep tabs on the apps that are on their app portals.
This means apps that contain malicious code are likely to have been removed before you install them.
Rooting your Android phone or jailbreaking your iPhone can also prove really dangerous, especially if you don't know what you're doing. This is because it breaks down your OS and provides you access to the basic code within and if you can get access, malicious code has a much easier route to making changes too.
If you're more familiar with the world of rooting and jailbreaking then you'll have taken measures to ensure the security of your device - so make sure you're certain you know what you want when altering your handset.

5. Use lock code apps and vaults
One thing that can be particularly important for protecting vital messages and pictures is to add a second layer of security. If you've got a pass code that somehow manages to get into the wrong hands then all your data could potentially be at risk.
With another app you can then add another layer of security by protecting apps with a second code. Vault apps also allow you to be safe by storing all the files that you want to secure within a dedicated area of your device or on an SD card, as well as being able to wipe the data after unsuccessful log in attempts.
Most New Smartphones features a fingerprint scanner to hide certain parts of your phone too - It might not be the easiest thing to use, but at least you can be doubly secure that nobody can get into the places you want hidden.

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by Eggcelent(m): 6:50am On Apr 21
Educative. And succinctly written.
Thanks

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by sakalisis(m): 7:35am On Apr 21
Good
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by MhizTenderly(f): 7:36am On Apr 21
My brother's antivirus app detected a malware in his phone, what is he gonna do? The phone is behaving.
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by tstx(m): 7:36am On Apr 21
Tell us what we don't know
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by Prec1ous(m): 7:37am On Apr 21
Great post my guy. Smartphones are not smart enough to reject virus.

A pity I must say.

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by mikeycharles(m): 7:37am On Apr 21
Stop giving out your phones to people, it's a private possession angry
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by segebase(m): 7:38am On Apr 21
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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by mikeycharles(m): 7:39am On Apr 21
PapiSmith:
The only reason why some people secure their phone is because of the nudes and porn in it grin

Tomorrow is the pool party by the way cheesy
chai

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by dpete1(f): 7:43am On Apr 21
That number 4?? Tahhh... Why shouldn't I root my phone. If you don't root your phone, you are in a jail my bro

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by NubiLove(m): 7:44am On Apr 21
okay.
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by ITbomb(m): 7:45am On Apr 21
I can never use anti-virus on my phone

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by DjAndroid: 7:49am On Apr 21
Truth is: those anti-virus apps don't do anything.

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by kingvectorv(m): 7:55am On Apr 21
MhizTenderly:
My brother's antivirus app detected a malware in his phone, what is he gonna do? The phone is behaving.
If he could locate the app that has the malware he should uninstall it, and if it still show signs of the malware he has to backup his necesary files and flash the phone
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by Agozie48(f): 7:55am On Apr 21
PapiSmith:
The only reason why some people secure their phone is because of the nudes and porn in it grin

Tomorrow is the pool party by the way cheesy


What a ridiculous price 3500 for men 1500 for Ladies What happened to 50/50
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by smartty68(m): 7:57am On Apr 21
OP I don't agree with you on number 3. Antivirus are resource eater and there are responsible for why most Android devices lags a lot.

I've been using an Android device for more than 10years now without the need for antivirus.

Know what you install
Never install pop up apps
Uncheck allow install apps from third party - if possible
Launchers are the most carriers of malwares - though make your device interface/layouts beautiful

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by MhizTenderly(f): 7:57am On Apr 21
kingvectorv:

If he could locate the app that has the malware he should uninstall it, and if it still show signs of the malware he has to backup his necesary files and flash the phone
Thankyou.
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by Prexblog(m): 7:57am On Apr 21
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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by PapiSmith: 7:58am On Apr 21
Agozie48:



What a ridiculous price 3500 for men 1500 for Ladies What happened to 50/50

I see no reason why you can't pay 3,500 if you wish.
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by kingvectorv(m): 7:58am On Apr 21
MhizTenderly:
Thankyou.
You're Welcome
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by petkoffdrake2(m): 7:59am On Apr 21
If u don't Root ur phone, you won't enjoy it
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by samintegrity(m): 8:01am On Apr 21
Who still install Antivirus on their smartphone?? I have never been a fan of any thou, But nice one op, keep the work blazing, In other news, are you aware Itel has unveiled its latest Itel A51 with 5.5inch display Not only that, But Tecno went as far as India to launch some dope iSeries Android Device, One with an impressive 4GB Ram, Care to find out ?? Well, here's all you need to know about Tecno's latest iSeries smartphone launched in India
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by smartty68(m): 8:10am On Apr 21
MhizTenderly:
My brother's antivirus app detected a malware in his phone, what is he gonna do? The phone is behaving.
Believe me antivirus sure can't remove the malware.

Reinstalling the OS is his best bet for now
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by Sard(m): 8:11am On Apr 21
Agozie48:



What a ridiculous price 3500 for men 1500 for Ladies What happened to 50/50
The exact thing I thought on seeing it.
The difference is just too ridiculous. It makes the ladies look like dependents who really can't fend for themselves.
It's just my opinion though.

@Op.. Educative post, bro..but I don't think mobile antivirus (especially Android) are useful.
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by preciousMI1(f): 8:14am On Apr 21
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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by Agozie48(f): 8:48am On Apr 21
Sard:

The exact thing I thought on seeing it.
The difference is just too ridiculous. It makes the ladies look like dependents who really can't fend for themselves.
It's just my opinion though.

@Op.. Educative post, bro..but I don't think mobile antivirus (especially Android) are useful.


Leave them later they will come and be claiming equality with men When it comes to doing the main thing they start hiding under the shadow of Men . 50/50 my foot

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by Franky826(m): 9:46am On Apr 21
I shouldn't root my phone?
On top of it I should install antivirus?
undecided

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by just2endowed: 9:58am On Apr 21
smartty68:
OP I don't agree with you with number 3. Antivirus are resource eater and there are responsible for why most Android devices lags a lot.

I've been using an Android device for more than 10years now without the need for antivirus.

Know what you install
Never install pop up apps
Uncheck allow install apps from third party - if possible
Launchers are the most carriers of malwares - though make your device interface/layouts beautiful

and also dont root your phone. i have never use launcher b4 coz it drains battery and fill up the RAM on time.
Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by smartty68(m): 10:05am On Apr 21
just2endowed:


and also dont root your phone. i have never use launcher b4 coz it drains battery and fill up the RAM on time.
From the very first to my current device is rooted - rooting doesn't mean that your device is prone to danger.

It gives you an edge over a none rooted device

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Re: 5 Tips On How To Secure Your Smartphone by Abdstrakt(m): 10:17am On Apr 21
Do i Really need to do all these when i can just lock with a Fingerprint sensor

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