4 mobile security precautions you never should ignore

1. Lock screen passwords

According to this Pew Research poll, over one quarter of smartphone users do not protect their devices with lock screen passcodes. Let that sink in a moment. Roughly 28% of smartphone users to not protect their devices.

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2. Update, update, update

It doesn’t end there. The security of your device doesn’t just lie in setting up a passcode for the screen lock. The other big security issue for the mobile crowd is that of updates. A great many iPhone user waits, with baited breath, for the next big iOS update.

App updates occur for a lot of reasons. One such reason is security patches. If you don’t update those apps, chances are you have a security vulnerability waiting to be taken advantage of.

3. Avoid random insecure WIFI networks

Every time I venture into a coffee shop, I see tables filled with smartphone and laptop users at work with their devices. Most of those users have connected to the shop’s Wi-Fi connection. And why not? Why use data on a personal account, when you can hop onto a company wireless connection? After all, companies can afford secure networks, right?

4. Two-factor authentication

I’m going to double back to the lock screen for a moment, to give you one last reminder as to why it is all so very important. This will also serve as another reminder to work a bit harder on the security of your device, as well as your accounts.

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