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Spring Cleaning for Your Smartphone

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Maybe you went on a downloading spree when you unwrapped your phone, or maybe you’ve been accumulating digital junk for a while. Either way, it’s a good time to do some spring cleaning!

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Spring Cleaning for Your Smartphone

  1. 1. SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE BY LOOKOUT, INC.
  2. 2. IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR The sun is out, the sky is blue — it’s time to get rid of the digital clutter that’s been piling up on you. 
  3. 3. THIS MESS GOES BEYOND YOUR GARAGE ! Maybe you went on a downloading spree when you unwrapped your phone, or maybe you’ve been accumulating digital junk for a while. Either way, it’s a good time to do some spring cleaning!
  4. 4. UPDATE YOUR SETTINGS 1
  5. 5.  Do you allow downloading from unknown sources? (Hint: You should check “No”) Does your phone automatically connect to WiFi networks that might not be secure? (No) Is your device encrypted? (Yes) ! Spending a few minutes to make sure your phone settings keep the bad stuff out can save a lot of heartache later on.
  6. 6. CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS 2
  7. 7. ****Between your phone, tablet and computer, how many accounts are you logged into right now? Do you even know? Change your passwords to your most used accounts, especially if they hold important financial or personal information. ! If you're using the same passwords across many accounts (not that you would ever do anything like that…), using unique passwords on the important ones will leave you much less vulnerable to fraud.
  8. 8. REVIEW APP PERMISSIONS 3
  9. 9. If that so-called free app is requesting access to your financial info, you might have downloaded more than you bargained for. ! It’s best to read reviews and check permissions before you download an app, but you can always double check what your apps are collecting and uninstall the ones that seem fishy.
  10. 10. UNINSTALL FORGOTTEN APPS 4
  11. 11. Remember that app that was all the craze for about a week three months ago? Yeah, neither do we. ! Most of us have about 10 apps we use ALL the time, but the rest can build up into a crowded graveyard of forgotten apps. Factor in the fact that some of the lesser known ones may not have the best privacy standards, and it’s better to just cut the cord.
  12. 12. BACK UP CONTACTS AND PHOTOS 5
  13. 13. Be honest, how much do you love taking pictures of your lunch? We have nothing against your extensive album of sandwich pics, but they’re probably taking up space you could be using for other things (like more lunch pics). ! There’s no reason that valuable data has to live only on your phone - we’re living in the digital age! Back up what matters, delete what doesn’t, and your phone will be running more efficiently in no time.
  14. 14. BE PROACTIVE 6
  15. 15.  Download a mobile security app like Lookout to make sure you and your phone don’t encounter too much trouble before your next spring cleaning.
  16. 16. For more mobile security tips, follow Lookout 

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