Cracked screens and water damage aren’t the worst thing that could happen to your cell phone. Unfortunately, in today’s world, your cell phone is always vulnerable to hackers.

Whatever business or activity that you conduct on your cell phone, you’ve probably assumed that it was secure. But whether we realize it or not, every electronic gadget, no matter how technologically advanced, has the ability to be hacked; making your personal information and data vulnerable to criminals. These criminals don’t need physical access to your actual gadget to infiltrate it, as many are tech-savvy enough to access your data through apps and unsecured Wi-Fi networks. The professionals at Samsung offer these tips for keeping your smartphone safe and secure:

  • Lock your phone – Make sure to set a password so that your phone locks whenever not in use. Avoid using a password that would be easy to guess by others. With voice and face recognition capabilities your phone’s security features are increased as it would have to recognize your face or voice for the gadget to unlock.
  • Make it trackable – If your cell phone has tracking capability, make sure to implement it. If your phone is lost or stolen, you can quickly track it down and lock it from a remote location; making it impossible for hackers and thieves to steal your information.
  • Keep your phone updated – If your phone doesn’t automatically update your phone’s firmware to the most current version, make sure to do so when prompted. These updates help build in added security to your phone. If you are unsure if your cell phone is operating with its latest version, call your carrier for more information.
  • Be careful of what you install – Phone apps are a popular way for hackers to gain access to what you thought was private information. Make sure that you only download apps that are from trusted sources. Read the description, the reviews and permissions before installing. Never download apps via text messages. This is a much-used ploy of hackers to get you to allow them into your phone’s data without your knowledge.
  • Use only secure Wi-Fi networks – Try not to use unsecured networks to access the internet; especially while in public. Never conduct any banking business nor do any shopping on any public network. Your financial information is intensely vulnerable when doing so. Use your cellular network whenever possible instead.
  • Download an antivirus app. Use those that are in your approved app store on your phone to find one available for your device.