8 Tips that you can use to safeguard your Smartphone this festive season

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October 5, 2017

1. Guard your phone, and set PINS and passwords
think of your phone as being like a bank card. Protect your phone against unauthorized Accept updates and patches.
Occasionally, your smartphone manufacturer may send you a message proposing an update to your operating system. Similarly, app developers may propose updates to their app.

It is advisable to accept these updates. As well as typically offering new features and improving your phone’s performance, they can also fix security vulnerabilities.

1. use by setting a PIN, swipe pattern or password for you home screen. You can usually do this through the ‘settings’ feature on your phone.

2. Watch what you click on when browsing online
Know what you are agreeing to before you click an online promotion as you may be agreeing to a chargeable service.
Be informed when entering your number online. Make sure you know how your number will be used as you could be consenting to charges through your phone bill.

3. Check your phone bill regularly
If you spot an unexpected charge, check it with your network or by contacting the service provider. Your network should be able tell you what the charge is for, who the service provider is and how to contact them. You can also check the details of a phone-paid service using our online number checker.

4. Don’t ignore a STOP message
If you receive a message with information about how to stop a service, don’t ignore it. If you do not wish to receive a service, reply STOP or STOP ALL to the shortcode (5-digit number, usually beginning with 5, 6, 7 or 8) provided. This should stop any future charges from that service.

2. Don’t override your smartphone’s security settings
Removing restrictions placed on a device’s operating system compromises the security of your device. Doing so may leave you more vulnerable to malicious software and is likely to invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty.

3. Install apps from a trusted sources
Download your apps from official stores such as the App Store & Google Play- check reviews and research the app. Avoid apps from unauthorized sources, such as ‘bulletin boards’ or ‘peer-to-peer’ networks.
Rogue apps can potentially do a variety of things including, take control of a handset, incur charges via premium SMS without your permission, make calls and download content.

4. Use antivirus software
it’s not just rogue apps that pose a threat to your smartphone. Viruses and spyware can be downloaded from websites or by connecting your device to an infected computer.

5. Accept updates and patches
occasionally, your smartphone manufacturer may send you a message proposing an update to your operating system. Similarly, app developers may propose updates to their app.
It is advisable to accept these updates. As well as typically offering new features and improving your phone’s performance, they can also fix security vulnerabilities.

6. Watch what you click on when browsing online
Know what you are agreeing to before you click an online promotion as you may be agreeing to a chargeable service.
Be informed when entering your number online. Make sure you know how your number will be used as you could be consenting to charges through your phone bill.

7. Check your phone bill regularly
If you spot an unexpected charge, check it with your network or by contacting the service provider. Your network should be able tell you what the charge is for, who the service provider is and how to contact them. You can also check the details of a phone-paid service using our online number checker.

8. Don’t ignore a STOP message
If you receive a message with information about how to stop a service, don’t ignore it. If you do not wish to receive a service, reply STOP or STOP ALL to the shortcode (5-digit number, usually beginning with 5, 6, 7 or 8) provided. This should stop any future charges from that service.

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