Qatar ministry: Here are nine ways to secure your smart phone

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Smartphone usage is ubiquitous in Qatar, but many users aren’t aware of all the risks that come with owning and operating one.

In a Facebook post this weekend, the Ministry of Interior has offered this advice to help keep your information safe:

Lock your phone

To prevent unauthorized access, ensure that your mobile is only accessible via a personal identification number (PIN) and/or fingerprint scan.

Install apps wisely

Shop in reputable app stores and be sure to check reviews and ratings, as well as the app’s privacy policy.

Back up your data

This can be done wirelessly (think cloud) and comes in handy if any information on your phone is lost or accidentally deleted.

Accept updates

Don’t delay when your phone prompts you to update your operating system and apps. This will help keep your mobile secure and working smoothly.

Don’t store passwords

While convenient, saving passwords can pose a great security risk if the wrong person gets ahold of your phone.

Avoid public WiFi

Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when you’re not using it. These services make it easier for cybercriminals to access your information.

Guard personal info

Avoid storing, texting or emailing personal details because this could create a security risk if your phone is lost or stolen.

Install mobile security apps

Make sure they’re reliable by reading user ratings and and keep them updated to detect any threats.

Remotely wipe your phone

If your mobile is lost or stolen and you don’t think you’ll get it back, consider remotely wiping all the information off of it. This can be done following different protocols, depending on your operating system and security apps.

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