Smart devices have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. For extra safety, turn these features off when you are not using them.
Many apps have features that track your location. Remember to turn off location services when you don't need it.
One of the easiest safety steps is blocking your phone number so you can’t be identified when you call other people. Blocking your phone number stops your number being displayed when you call others. This is useful if you don’t want the person you are calling to be able to call you back. Call blocking does not work for SMS, MMS or other messaging. It only works for phone calls.
In-app purchases allow different functions and features to be accessed within apps. If you have children, these can become expensive purchases. You can limit and monitor ‘in-app purchases’ through Settings on your device. You can turn off in-app purchases, set passwords that only you know and restrict purchases to those that are age-appropriate.
Android devices are susceptible to viruses, malware and spyware. There are apps you can download to reduce the risks, including some that offer basic protection for free.
Smart devices regularly notify you of system and app updates and ask to install them. You should accept updates as they will then have the latest security features, bug fixes and new features. It is best to start updates when you are connected to Wi-Fi as they can use a lot of data.
Back up important music, photos, videos and data on your device to a computer, and also consider a doing a second backup to a separate portable disk drive or USB.
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