How To Increase Your Smartphone Security

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:45 am, Posted by Absolute Destruction

If you’re like most, the mere idea of losing your phone makes you sweat. Our trusty mobiles are always by our side, and they contain a wealth of information that identity thieves and other criminals can use. Read through the safety precautions below to add some extra layers of protection for your phone and yourself. We’re all about promoting safety when it comes to protecting sensitive data on your phone and other items. Absolute Destruction & Recycling Corp. professionally handles document destruction for residential homes and commercial properties, as well as safely destroying old technology, including phones, laptops, storage drives, disks, and more. We’re AAA NAID-Certified, so you can be confident we’re at the top of our game securely handling, properly shredding and crushing materials, and safely recycling everything. Set-up a recovery app in case you lose your phone, or it’s stolen. For both Android and iOS, the app will lock your device and give you its current location using GPS. Don’t get too casual and loose with your device – protect it when you’re out in public. Don’t leave it lying in the open, keep it on your person in deep pockets or in a quality bag with a zip closure. Try not to ‘show off’ your brand new iPhone or Samsung. Set an adequate lock screen and code to open your phone. This might be a pain, especially if you’re frequently glancing at your social media and messages, but identity theft is a nightmare that can take years to sort through, and it’s worth the extra hassle. A swipe pattern is easy for you open, but it’s unfortunately very easy for strangers to guess. Choose a PIN or, better yet, a password with at least 6 digits. Keep your device up-to-date with the latest patches. If your phone has the latest software and updates, it’s less vulnerable. Keep those apps updated as well. When you’re upgrading your phone, you need to completely destroy the old one. Absolute Destruction will properly crush your old phone and any other outdated technology that you have lying around that can easily expose personal information. We’ll also recycle the resulting materials to prevent e-waste from leaking into the environment and so that the raw materials can be used again. Go paperless with your phone bill and every other bill and communication that you can, and when you need to properly dispose of old documents, access our shredding services across Toronto and many other parts of southern Ontario. Set-up Caller ID and avoid answering unknown numbers that are likely to be spam calls. Even if there is no one trying to trick you on the other end, answering the call period will let them know your phone number is active and it will be added to a list and sold to other scammers. Enable the ‘Do Not Track’ setting for your phone’s browser. Sites collect information from your phone and use it for advertising purposes, but they will also collect and potentially sell any personal data about you they can gather. This doesn’t stop every site from collecting information, but it will prohibit some. Only download and use safe apps from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. Malicious apps might make it past their screening, so only use mainstream and well-rated apps, and read some select reviews to get an idea of what you’re in for. Be careful which app permissions you agree to. Give us a call when you’re ready for a shredding company in Oakville or the surrounding GTA to come to you with our mobile shredding and device destruction trucks. We also handle larger commercial jobs. Learn more about our suite of services on our site.

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