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How to Make Your Phone Safer in 2018

The new year is almost here! We’re ready to say good bye to 2017 and with it start a new chapter. It’s more important than ever to protect your personal and financial information from hackers and phishing scams. We’ll go over the best ways to make your phone safer in 2018.

Install a VPN

Safely browse the internet while on public Wi-Fi with the use of a VPN. We like to use TunnelBear. It’s simple interface allows you to choose which IP location you would like to use with the toggle of a button.

Make Sure You Have a Passcode Set

This may be obvious and you might already have one set up, but make sure that you have a passcode on your phone. If it’s ever lost or stolen this will ensure that any sensitive information on your phone will be protected.

Turn on Find My Phone

With iPhones you can turn on Find My iPhone which will allow you to remotely track your iPhone if it’s ever lost or stolen. Also, and most importantly, if a phone can’t be recovered this feature allows you to wipe the phone completely. If your phone ever gets stolen, this will protect you!

Use Stronger Passwords

After so many breaches, you’d think that people would start using stronger passwords. Unfortunately, we don’t because having too many different passwords can be too difficult to remember. In 2018 it’s important for you to start using unique, strong passwords for each of your many online accounts. We recommend using a password vault app, like LastPass, to generate all of your passwords and keep them safe.

Password vaults will create and then guard and pre-populate the sign-in fields whenever you go to a site that requires you to log in.

Block Spam on Your Phone

Lastly, make your phone safer by using a spam call blocking app. These apps run in the background of your phone and will block calls from numbers that have been reported as spam.

Never deal with an annoying telemarketer or potential phone scammer ever again.  There are many different options and some carriers even provide their customers with free spam blocking.

How To Find Out Where A Call Is From

You probably get calls from random phone numbers all the time. Some might look familiar, while others might be completely unknown. The best way to identify these calls and where they’re coming from is by using a reverse phone lookup.

How Do They Get Your Number?

There are a lot of ways in which companies and scammers get your phone number. The most common way is via you giving it away to them. Whenever you sign up for something and are asked to give your phone number be sure to read the privacy policy first.

Many survey companies and realtors will often sell your information to third-party marketing companies that will then add your phone number or email to call and email lists.

Another way you may be giving it away is via your social media. Make sure that your profile information is public only to people who you know and trust. Many times we’ll unintentionally provide information in our social media profiles because we’re not aware of the privacy settings. Be sure to double check what’s visible to strangers on your social media profiles.

How To Find Where The Call Is Coming From

The easiest way to find out where a call is coming from is by looking at its area code. However, this isn’t always reliable do to caller ID spoofing. This technique allows a caller to disguise their caller ID as any number they wish.

This technique can sometimes result in you receiving calls from your own number!

The best way to identify an unknown call is by using a reverse phone lookup app on your smartphone. These apps will allow you to look up any phone number, identify where it’s from, and even see other people’s experiences with the phone number. This means you can avoid all of those annoying robocalls.