Security Precautions To Take With Your Smartphone

We love our smartphones. We carry them everywhere, and we all use them a ton. That’s the foundation for the mobile lifestyle that we’ve embraced. It’s also why the staff of works so hard to screen, vet, test, and approve the apps we offer for sale and download here on our site. We want you to have on the go all the great apps you want and need when you want and need them… but if that means having your smartphone with you at all times, it might also mean that you’re vulnerable at the moment someone decides to try and steal something from you. What is the most valuable thing that you carry around with you? What is the one thing you have on your person that everyone wants? If you said your wallet, you would be only partly right. Yes, if a guy mugs you, he probably will demand your wallet… but most people don’t even bother to carry cash around with them these days. This means that even if he does get your wallet, there might not be anything in it that he’d want, because your bank cards and credit cards will be canceled as soon as you can get to a phone or a computer.

No, the thing most thieves are looking to steal these days is your phone. Your phone has a great deal of value. Especially if you’re walking around with the latest iPhone, you are likely to be targeted for theft if you’re not careful with your phone (and sometimes even if you are careful and take all the possible precautions). Your smartphone isn’t just valuable, and it’s not simply that losing it to a thief leaves you disconnected from your contacts and your mobile lifestyle when you lose it. All the information in your phone is valuable in and of itself, from your banking apps and your contact data to photos and videos you may keep on there. You don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands! Follow these tips so you can keep your smartphone secure.

First of all, pay attention to your physical security for your smartphone. That means buying a very strong phone case and keeping your phone in that case. Everybody knows what it’s like to take your phone out of the case… only to drop it on a hard surface the moment you do. Always be careful with your phone when it’s out of the case, and if you do have to take it out of the case, do it over a bed or other soft surface. That way, if you drop it, it won’t be harmed. Whenever possible, keep your phone inside its protective case. You should also use screen protector sheets and, if it’s applicable to you, privacy screens that stop people from looking at your screen over your shoulder from an angle. That preserves your privacy in every sense.

Second of all, you need to take a look at certain features your phone has that shouldn’t just be left running all the time. The reason you shouldn’t leave them running is because hackers and identity thieves can use them as ways to remotely get into your device. The first one is Bluetooth. You use Bluetooth to connect to everything from keyboards and printers to headsets for your smartphone. It’s a very useful feature. But if you just leave Bluetooth on all the time when you don’t have a peripheral device like a keyboard or headset connected to your phone or tablet, hackers can use the Bluetooth connection (which is “discoverable” when it is on) to access your device. This is because most people don’t change the default Bluetooth passwords for their devices, allowing others to sneak in using the most common lockout codes. So whenever you’re not actually using something that connects to your device with Bluetooth, be sure to turn that feature off.

You also want to make sure that “location” and “NFC,” or “Near Field Communication,” are turned off when you’re not using those. The NFC setting is used for things like mobile payment systems and other file transfer methods, so it’s a good idea to keep that switched off when you’re not actually banking or transferring files. And of course the location feature allows anyone with access to the right database to track exactly where your phone is. One way to defeat spammers and other marketers is to keep this feature turned off when you’re not actually using the device. Everybody’s phone and tablet are different, so you’ll need to look up the instructions for how to change these settings on your own device, but the uses of these technologies is pretty universal.

Another thing you should be sure to do is always keep your phone locked. That is, there should be a password to get into it whenever you put it down or switch it into standby. Without that password, anyone who picks up your phone can quickly access all your data. That includes a police officer, should you get pulled over and he ends up in possession of your device. If you want to maintain your privacy, always lock your phone with a password. Don’t use simple unlock slide patterns or that type of thing because those are easily guessed. Thumbprint security and actual passcodes are always more secure.

If there are anti-malware, anti-spyware, and antivirus apps available for your specific device and operating system, it just makes good sense to have these installed. Sure, they can’t catch everything, but that’s no reason not to catch the things you can. It doesn’t take that much extra space or memory to have anti-virus on your phone, and you can set it for when you want it to scan and when you don’t.

In keeping with that same idea, whenever you download an app for your device, always download it from or from your device’s official, mainstream marketplace. You don’t want to leave “install apps from unknown sources” turned on except for when you are actually installing apps on your phone, if that setting applies to you, because otherwise malware could install itself at any time without permission. Pay attention, also, to the types of permissions that the app asks for when it installs. If it seems like an app wants too many permissions or permissions that don’t make sense (especially if it wants access to your camera, or wants to be able to make social media posts on your behalf, or other things like that) you need to look very carefully at whether that’s a legitimate request.

Your phone or tablet is a wondrous device. We want you to be able to get the absolute most out of it. That means downloading the best apps from, safe and secure in the knowledge that we have tested, vetted, and researched them. From the simplest porn app to the most complicated game, from social media apps to financial apps and fitness apps, we’ve got you covered.