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9 Easy Ways To Improve The Security Of Your Devices

Cybersecurity is a hot topic lately -- and for good reason.

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Cybersecurity is a hot topic lately -- and for good reason. With the amount of data breaches happening, we can’t afford to risk the security of our phones, laptops, and other electronic devices.

Here are 9 easy ways to improve the security of your devices:

1. Install antivirus and antimalware software

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Download and install a popular antivirus or antimalware software and let the program do the work for you.

2. Increase your passcode to 6+ characters

Little known fact: on iPhones, you can up the amount of passcode characters from the standard 4 to 6.
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Little known fact: on iPhones, you can up the amount of passcode characters from the standard 4 to 6.

3. Use a biometric scanner

Biometric scanner is just a fancy way of saying fingerprint unlock, or face ID with the new iPhone X.
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Biometric scanner is just a fancy way of saying fingerprint unlock, or face ID with the new iPhone X.

4. Utilize VPN Services

A VPN is a virtual private network that enables users to secure and encrypt their devices. If you have no idea where to start, check out VPN comparison and review sites to see which is best for you.
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A VPN is a virtual private network that enables users to secure and encrypt their devices. If you have no idea where to start, check out VPN comparison and review sites to see which is best for you.

5. Encrypt your data

Have any files you don’t want others to access? Encrypt it. There are various ways to go about it, most of which are super simple.
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Have any files you don’t want others to access? Encrypt it. There are various ways to go about it, most of which are super simple.

6. Update your device software as soon as possible

Letting your phone or computer software go a while without updating it to the most current version is risky business. The more out-of-date the software is, the easier it is for hackers to potentially get in and do damage.
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Letting your phone or computer software go a while without updating it to the most current version is risky business. The more out-of-date the software is, the easier it is for hackers to potentially get in and do damage.

7. Avoid connecting to unsecured/public wifi networks

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Connecting to public wifi or wifi networks without passwords means opening up your device to anyone and everyone who wants to tap into the network and infiltrate your system.

8. Use Location Services wisely

There’s no need to have it on all the time. Go into your settings and adjust which apps are allowed to enable Location Services all the time, some of the time, or none of the time.
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There’s no need to have it on all the time. Go into your settings and adjust which apps are allowed to enable Location Services all the time, some of the time, or none of the time.

9. Don’t auto-save passwords

Especially in case you ever lose your device, it’s important not to exchange the safety of your accounts for quick login access. Sure, you’ll gain 10 seconds of time but your security is ultimately compromised in the end.
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Especially in case you ever lose your device, it’s important not to exchange the safety of your accounts for quick login access. Sure, you’ll gain 10 seconds of time but your security is ultimately compromised in the end.

Do you have any other device safety tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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