Cell Phone Security: Simple Tips and Tricks

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Smartphones have changed the game. Every day, we walk around with personal messages, work correspondence, family photos, and even banking information on one tiny device in our pocket. While convenient, it’s important to secure your device. Android malware, viruses, and even basic theft pose a threat to your data. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to better protect yourself, your data, and your cell phone. Set Up A Unique Password A unique password keeps strangers from unlocking your device. There are a variety of password options available depending on your phone model, whether patterns, pins, fingerprints,…

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Hi,
Thanks for the post about phone security. I have a question I would like your opinion on concerning an app. I work at a community college in Adult Ed. The program wants us to use a phone app called Full Measure. To get set up as an instructor, we have to input several items of personal information: name, birth date, SSn (Yes!), and address. I cannot believe this information is necessary, but I have tried to set up an account without it and it goes back to the missing information. This seems like a very dangerous thing to do since I don’t know where the info is going. Maybe the security is poor. What do you think?

You could ask the school why it is necessary, if payments for instance come from them they would need that. The app looks like it hasnt been updated for a year… I personally have no problem fudging those numbers when people ask for them, absolutely no need to have that info… That is what I would do, unless I understand the need for data, there is no need to give them the info… Have fun…

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There is something seriously wrong with your Network Administrator asking for your SSN to operate an app required for you job. That is a very big Red Flag security wise. Does the app also require your birth date, bank account numbers, credit numbers with expiration dates, etc.? I have found that asking for your SSN is simply an outdated custom and isn’t necessary. Talk with your Network Administrator and find out why this is being required. He or She can’t legally use it for identification purposes.

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I agree this is way too much information for an app. Very rarely do I encounter anything that asks for SSN unless official tax or government forms.

I can find my device using my computer and typing “find my device”. Why would I need an app on my phone? I certainly wouldn’t need it, would I ? If the phone is lost, I wouldn’t be using the app on my phone to find it. Is there a reason that I would need this app, since Google already finds it via my computer?

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