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Paragon Solutions Spotlight: Important tips for securing your cell phone.


This is part of a new series – Paragon Solutions Spotlight. Read previous posts here. These articles will discuss topics designed to help, educate and inform you. Today’s featured article address cell phone security. We thank our SVP, Information Technology and Deposit Operations, Kingston Blenis, for sharing his expertise today.

Cell phones have become an integral part of our daily lives, allowing us to communicate with loved ones, access the internet, and perform a variety of tasks. However, with the increasing use of smartphones comes the need for heightened cell phone security. Let’s explore some important tips for securing your cell phone.

Use a Strong Password or Passcode

One of the most basic steps you can take to secure your cell phone is to set a strong password or passcode. This will prevent unauthorized access to your phone in case it gets lost or stolen. Avoid using easily guessable passcodes, such as “1234” or your birthdate. Instead, use a unique combination of numbers, letters, and symbols.

Keep your Software Up to Date

It’s important to keep your cell phone’s operating system and apps up to date. Software updates often contain security patches that address known vulnerabilities. By keeping your phone’s software up to date, you’ll be able to protect yourself from known security threats.

Be Cautious of Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks can be convenient, but they can also be a security risk. When you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, your data can be intercepted by hackers. Avoid logging into sensitive accounts, such as your bank account or email, while connected to public Wi-Fi. If you must use public Wi-Fi, consider using a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your data.

Avoid Using Public USB Ports for Charging

While it may be convenient to charge your phone using a public USB port, such as those found in airports or coffee shops, it’s important to be cautious. Public USB ports can be a security risk, as they can be infected with malware or used to steal your data. It’s best to use your own charger and plug it into an electrical outlet whenever possible. If you must use a public USB port, consider using a USB data blocker or charge-only cable, which will prevent data from being transferred while your phone is charging.

Use Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. With 2FA, you’ll need to enter a code in addition to your password when logging in to an account. This code is typically sent to your phone via text message or through an app. By enabling 2FA on your accounts, you’ll make it more difficult for hackers to gain access to your data.

Install Anti-Virus Software

Just like your computer, your cell phone can be infected with malware. Install anti-virus software to protect your phone from malicious software. Be sure to keep your anti-virus software up to date, so that it can detect and protect against the latest threats.

In conclusion, cell phone security is important in today’s world. By following these tips, you can help protect your phone and your data from potential threats. Stay safe and secure!

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