As smartphones become smarter, they’re more like mini computers that contain lots of personal information about us. Here are 12 easy steps to take to manage your privacy and safety when using your smartphone.
One of the convenient features of having a smartphone is to quickly access email or social media accounts with just a tap of a finger. However, this also means that you are always connected to accounts that may contain sensitive information.
Consider logging out of certain accounts if you can so that others can’t access those accounts if they are using your phone. Keep in mind that depending on the type of phone you have, you might not be able to log out of some accounts, such as some email accounts, but may have to remove the entire account from your phone. In this case, make your decision based on your own privacy and safety risks. While it may be inconvenient to access the account through the browser instead, it may be safer.
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Adapted from and in cooperation with the Safety Net Technology Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, United States