We’re always warning you of the latest cybercrimes. Data breaches, ransomware and phishing attacks are constantly in the headlines these days.
It’s not just criminals trying to break into our gadgets either. It was recently leaked that the CIA has been hacking smartphones, TVs and other items to spy on us for years. Knowing that seemingly everyone is after our personal information, it’s a good idea to take safety precautions.
That’s why it’s important for you to know these seven ways to hack-proof your smartphone to keep your data safe.
1. Update your software
One of the most important safety precautions as a smartphone user is to keep its operating system (OS) up to date. It’s important because, when OS vulnerabilities are discovered, updates are sent out that contain patches for those flaws.
That makes it critical to install OS updates ASAP. Here are the steps to update both Apple iOS and Android OS:
Go into your “Settings” app and select “General.” From there, select “Software Update” and your iPhone will begin to check for updates. Then select “Download and Install.”
Open Settings >> Tap About Phone >> Tap System Updates >> If there is an available update tap Restart and Install.
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