_TAKE ADVANTAGE OF your smartphone’s built-in security and privacy features with a few easy steps. Following a practice of mobile hygiene protects our phones from many attacks aimed at compromising our most sensitive mobile data (e.g., text messages, photos, contact lists), or undermining our privacy (e.g., revealing our location to unwanted actors).
This is not an exhaustive list, but we’ll cover these core practices to keep your phone secure, and your mobile data private:
- Keep up with updates for your mobile apps and operating system
- Protect your mobile phone data by enabling full disk encryption
- Perform frequent backups to prevent data loss
- Turn on ideal settings to enhance your privacy and security
While there is no perfect solution to protect your mobile data, review this multi-purpose handbook for an introduction to all things mobile.
“You’d be remiss not to know that your phone is broadcasting your location. Everytime it calls into a cell phone, it’s telling the cell phone where you are. I think most journalists and filmmakers today are aware of that, but most sources might not be and it is necessary to make sure your sources and people working with you have basic knowledge about things like metadata.”