A phone is a treasury of private information for the one who steals it with the intention to use it against its owner.
Indeed, a phone contains:
- – bank information
- – identities
- – conversations
- – text messages, history, and photos
Consequently, it’s worth learning :
These few basic security rules that will allow you to keep your smartphone safe in case it’s stolen
- 1. Use a PIN number to protect your SIM card
- 2. Use a password to protect your phone
- 3. Use the smartphone’s “auto-lock” function to prevent the thief from being able to call anyone.
- 4. If your device allows, encrypt your information
- 5. Install an antitheft protection program, like the application “BibiSpy“
- 6. Don’t visit questionable sites containing bits of malicious code
- 7. Don’t install half-baked applications and pay attention to the authorizations and permissions you give.
- 8. Update your operating system regularly
- 9. Take care that you don’t constantly leave your phone’s wi-fi or blutetooth connection open.
- 10. Deactivate the GPS function when you’re not using it
- 11. When you’re using a wi-fi hot spot, verify that you need a password to access it.
It’s clear that in this day and age our personal information is worth money. Facebook’s economic model, for example, is based on this marketable kind of information which, in certain cases, can pay off in a huge way. Thus it becomes precious.
Securing your Apple ID in a 2-step verification process
Apple has decided to enhance the security of its iPhone by protecting the Apple ID. The Apple ID is necessary for carrying out changes on your Apple account or for purchasing services on iTunes or Appstore for instance.
This new security measure can be completed in 2 steps:
Continue to use your usual password.
You will need to insert an additional 4-digit code, which you will receive via SMS.
Through these steps, Apple obtains the guarantee that you have acquired your 4-digit code, and that you are actually in possession of your iPhone.
In eligible Anglo-Saxon countries, this security measure is enjoying widespread success.
To activate this extra level of security, users should follow the following steps:
- Go on applied.apple.com
- Connect to the service.
- Enter your Apple login and password.
- Select the “Password and Security” option on the left hand side of the screen.
- If you are requested to answer your security question, go ahead and answer it.
- At the top of the page, you will have access to the 2-step verification process. Click on the link and follow instructions.
At a time where SPAMS and other Trojan horses viruses are widely circulated, this verification setup might catch your attention.