API Security Tips

7 Smartphone Privacy Tips
Updated: Feb 13, 2012

The Smartphone for many people has become a critical and necessary tool in running and efficient and competitive operation. The unfortunate aspect is that thieves, on the other hand, think of your Smartphone as an effective key to unlocking your personal wealth and as a means to hijack your company's sensitive data.

Here are some tips to follow to help protect you and your business:

1. Lock it up and don't lose it: Keeping your phone physically on your person or locked up when not in use is the most basic form of protection.

2. Turn on password protection and the auto-lock feature: Don't make passwords too easy to figure out and make sure you set the auto-lock feature to no more than 2 or 3 minutes.

3. Enable remote tracking and wiping capabilities: Remote tracking allows you to physically track the location of the phone as long as the GPS function is turned on and the phone is not powered down. If your phone goes missing, you can remotely clear all of your data-including email, contacts, photos, videos, texts and documents off of the phone.

4. Utilize Password-Protection Software: Password protection software gives you the tools to securely manage and protect sensitive passwords, financial data, credit card numbers, online identities, software licenses, etc.

5. Minimize unnecessary application spying: Do not open any file, email, attachment, video, photo, text or unknown document UNLESS it came from a TRUSTED source.

6. Hold off on mobile banking and investing: Contain your online banking and brokering to a home-based or business-based computer system with all of the proper security precautions.

7. Customize your geo-tag and GPS settings: Geo-tagging allows others to track your location without your knowledge. Your real-time location makes it easy to determine your home address, work address, places you visit often and your daily schedule. Most smart phones allow you to control GPS features application by application.