This is how you prevent hackers from breaking into your smartphone

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NS. LOUIS – For many people, their smartphone is the most important technology they own. It contains personal information, credit card numbers, passwords, and more.

The problem is, hackers and thieves know that too.

Scott Schaffer, Blade Technologies’ chief information technology officer, shares some of the ways you can protect yourself.

  • Update your device when updates are released: They usually contain bug fixes that are often security-related.
  • Regularly check the apps installed on your phone: Uninstall the ones you don’t remember installing them. If you rarely use some of them, uninstall them as well.
  • Always avoid open WiFi: This means free WiFi in cafes, airports, etc. You can be exposed to “man-in-the-middle” attacks. If you’re using an approved VPN, you’re fine.
  • Avoid public charging stations: Do not plug your phone into an outlet that you have no idea what is on the other side. You can find them at airports, in libraries, etc.
  • Activate cell phone tracking: Use the Find My Device feature. This will help you track your phone on a map if it is stolen. Also, make sure you protect your phone with a password.

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