Consumer Alert: Securing your smart phone

Posted on: 4:15 pm, May 1, 2013, by and

Smart phones

If you have sensitive information on your smart phone, losing it could spell disaster.

Many users lock their phones with a code but today that isn’t enough.

A tech-savvy thief can quickly crack certain four-digit passcodes.

Consumer Reports said setting a longer code that includes letters and symbols is a better idea.

Android phones let you do it by going to settings but each phone is a little different.

With iPhones it’s even trickier.

Under settings, tap “general” and “passcode lock.”

Check that the “simple passcode” is turned off.

Then tap “turn passcode on” and now you can enter your longer passcode.

Consumer Reports said another security risk, apps that ask for permission to do too much like a simple flashlight app. 

It wants to know your location and information about your phone calls.

But taking a few basic precautions can secure sensitive data.

Kids need protection too. 

The survey projects at least 5 million preteens have a smart phone of their own.

Malicious software isn’t as common on your smart phone as on your computer but the problem is growing.

Consumer Reports recommends getting your apps only from reputable sources.