The Min­istry of In­te­rior re­cently re­leased a set of rules to en­sure that sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion on your mo­bile phones is prop­erly se­cured.

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To avoid unau­tho­rized ac­cess to your de­vice, please lock it with your Per­sonal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion

Num­ber (PIN) or fin­ger­print. Only in­stall apps from trusted sources. Shop at rep­utable app stores. Check other users re­views and rat­ings. Read the app’s pri­vacy pol­icy.

Back up your data. It is rel­a­tively easy to do, and many smart­phones and tablets have the ca­pa­bil­ity to back up data wire­lessly, so you can quickly re­store the in­for­ma­tion on your phone if the data is lost or ac­ci­den­tally deleted. Keep your de­vice up­dated. It’s im­por­tant to keep both your op­er­at­ing sys­tem and your apps up to date. You will be prompted when up­dates are avail­able; don’t de­lay in­stalling them.

Do not save all pass­words. Some web­sites and apps al­low you to save pass­words on your mo­bile de­vice. This can be a great con­ve­nience, but it also is a se­cu­rity risk.

Turn off WIFI, Lo­ca­tion Ser­vice and Blue­tooth while not in use. Cy­ber­crim­i­nals and iden­tity thieves can eas­ily ac­cess your in­for­ma­tion through un­se­cured net­works. It’s al­ways bet­ter not use pub­lic WIFI’s and hotspots as oth­ers in the net­work can watch you and ac­cess your in­for­ma­tion.

Avoid stor­ing, tex­ting, or email­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion as it will cre­ate a se­cu­rity risk in case your phone is lost or stolen. In­stall some re­li­able mo­bile se­cu­rity ap­pli­ca­tions and keep them up­dated to de­tect the ex­ist­ing and emerg­ing threats.

Re­motely wipe your de­vice in case it’s lost or stolen. If your phone or tablet is lost or stolen and you’re cer­tain you won’t get it back, you can re­motely wipe all your data and in­for­ma­tion from it. Dif­fer­ent op­er­at­ing sys­tems pro­videsthis op­tion as well as some se­cu­rity apps.

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