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5 tips for protecting your mobile purchases

5 tips for protecting your mobile purchases

2/25/2014

If you've just purchased a new smartphone or tablet, security should be your No. 1 priority. These devices can make life more convenient in many different ways, but they can also be a major risk to your personal privacy or identity if not properly protected. So before you begin making purchases using your new smartphone, make sure that you know how to keep it secure.

Here are a few tips to help you protect your mobile purchases:

Be smart about Wi-Fi
When making purchases in a public setting, be sure to avoid connecting to free Wi-Fi spots, as these networks are often used by individuals who try to steal personal data. Turn off your phone's auto-connect setting to ensure that it is not connected to an open network when you are making a purchase, and only enter personal information when using a secure Wi-Fi spot, a VPN or your phone's data plan.

Stay password-protected
It may seem like common sense, but many phone users fail to secure their devices with proper password protection, putting themselves at greater risk of identity theft. Be sure to use a passcode that cannot be easily guessed. Additionally, use a unique password for each site you make purchases on, as this makes it more difficult for cyber criminals to recognize patterns.

Take advantage of multi-factor authentication
Passwords are helpful, but they are just the first step in enabling the complete protection of your mobile purchases. Use multi-factor authentication whenever possible to maximize your security. This could include requiring banking or retail websites to send you an email or text message or ask a security question when you are logging on. When it comes to protecting your personal data, you can never take too many precautions.

Avoid purchasing from questionable sites
Always ensure that a site is legitimate before entering personal information on it. If you notice things about a website that make it seem insecure, such as misspellings or an exceptionally long personal information form, do not make any purchases on it. Make sure that sites use encryption by looking for web addresses that begin with "https" rather than "http."

Buy a comprehensive mobile protection plan
Keep in mind that ordinary cell phone insurance does not protect your personal data or identity. For this reason, you'll want to purchase a plan that covers all the bases of phone protection. ProtectCELL's smartphone plans provide the ultimate security solution, so you can make purchases while resting assured that your personal identity and information are in good hands.

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