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As smartphones get more and more intelligent, more business is done using them

The introduction of the cloud into the business world has meant that remote business it a piece of cake. This, paired with smartphones smarter than ever before, means that we are doing more and more business on our mobile devices.

Because of this, many of us now have important business data stored on our phones or have it readily accessible from our mobile devices. To ensure that this data is kept as safe as possible, we’ve got 5 smartphone security tips.

1. Use a pin, password or fingerprint security

The mistake many people make right from the start is not having a pin or password on their phones. This means that should someone gain access there is literally nothing stopping them from getting in and accessing your data. Make sure you set up a pin, a password or even a fingerprint security feature which means only your unique fingerprint will get access to the phone. Don’t make it easy for the hackers!

2. Delete data when hacked

Many of the most popular smartphones have a feature that deletes all your data if it thinks the phone has been hacked. That means that after 10 or so failed passcode attempts, the phone is wiped clean. This is a pretty extreme measure but if it’s one you are willing to take, make sure your data is all backed up elsewhere and your mates don’t get hold of your phone for a prank!

3. Keep track of privacy settings

When you download apps to your phone, you often get asked if you want this app to have permission to access you camera, contacts, photos or something else. This is leaving you vulnerable. Obviously it’s okay to let certain apps have access to certain things but keep track of what has access to what in your privacy settings. Apps that you don’t use much or have access to things they don’t need access to, delete or update the privacy settings.

4. Limit the use of your voice assistant

One of the most popular new additions to smartphones is the voice assistant which finds information at your command. Often, the default setting on your smartphone means that you can access the voice assistant even when the phone is locked. So, if your phone is stolen or hacked, all the hacker needs to do is ask your voice assistant for information. You can set the voice assistant to only be accessible when the phone is unlocked, which is definitely worth doing.

5. Beware of autofill

Autofill on your internet browser is great for saving time. However, if someone else has hold of your phone, autofill will give them you name, passwords and sometimes even bank or paypal details without even having to try. When it comes to passwords and money handling apps, it’s worth taking the time to type them out yourself, just so you’re not making it easy for the hackers.

You don’t want to have to contact you IT support team to implement your disaster recovery plan, so protect your smartphone with these simple security tips, and you can safely do business on your smartphone.