How to protect your phone or tablet – simple steps for Android and iOS security.

Categories: Cyber Security Awareness Month End Users Howtos

Phones and tablets have gone from being cool gadgets to our partners in crime, helping us keep in touch with our people, hoarding our secrets, and occasionally granting us entry into the mystical realm of work networks and services. They’re like little digital treasure chests of personal data.

But, just like we’d lock up our physical treasures, it is essential to secure our digital loot. We don’t want any tech-savvy pirates plundering our data and causing virtual mayhem. Whether you use an Android or Apple, your phone or tablet deserves a sturdy digital lock to keep it safe.

In this article, we will go over things you can do to bolster the security for your trusty devices.

1. Keep Your Operating System Up to Date

Both iOS and Android regularly release updates to improve security, squash various software bugs, and fix vulnerabilities. It’s important to keep your device’s operating system (OS) up to date. Here’s how:

  • For iOS: Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update” and follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest updates.
  • For Android: Navigate to “Settings” > “Software Update” and check for available updates.

2. Use Strong Passcodes or Biometrics

Setup a strong lock screen to your device.   Choose a PIN, password, or use a biometric method like fingerprint or facial recognition. 

  • For iOS: Go to “Settings” > “Face ID & Passcode” or “Touch ID & Passcode” and follow the instructions to set up a secure passcode or biometrics.
  • For Android: Navigate to “Settings” > “Security and Privacy” > “Screen lock” to choose between PIN, password, or biometric options.

3. Regularly Review App Permissions

Apps on your device may request access to various features and data. Review and limit app permissions to protect your privacy.  Do apps like Facebook and Amazon always need access to your location, for instance? 

  • For iOS: Go to “Settings” > “Privacy & Security” to view which apps have access to your location data, camera, your contacts, and the like.
  • For Android: Navigate to “Settings” > “Apps” > [App Name] > “Permissions” to manage app permissions.

4. Regularly Back Up Your Data

Backing up your device regularly will ensure that you don’t lose your data if the phone is broken, lost, or otherwise compromised. 

  • For iOS: Go to “Settings” > [Your Name] > “iCloud” > “Backup” and enable iCloud Backup.
  • For Android: Navigate to “Settings” > “Accounts and Backup” and turn on “Back up to Google Drive.”

Going over these steps will strengthen the security of your iOS or Android phone and tablet. Remember that cybersecurity is an ongoing process, so stay vigilant in protecting your personal information and digital assets. Taking these precautions will help you enjoy the benefits of your devices while keeping your data safe and secure.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need help with any of these steps.

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