5 things you should NEVER do on your smartphone (but probably still do anyway)

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The majority of us have smartphones these days and we use them for almost everything but here are a few things we have probably all done at one time or another, but which could actually be putting our personal data at risk.

Here are just 5 things that may put you in danger:

1. Ignoring Software Updates

Often software updates are used to patch weaknesses in security or to counteract any potential new threats.

On occasions there may be good reason to wait to update software but as a general rule it should be done as soon as the update is available to ensure that you have the best level of protection.

2. Skip Security Software

Antivirus software is certainly not the perfect answer but it does offer basic protection and antivirus software is available specifically for smartphones but analysts claim that the majority of users do not install them.

If you lose your phone or have it stolen the person in possession will have access to all your personal data so developers have created antitheft software such as Prey that allows owners to delete information remotely or track its whereabouts using software such as Find My iPhone.

3. Answer Texts From Strangers

If you get a text from an unknown number most of us will respond by asking who they are – that seems natural.

However, just this simple response may allow hackers to know that they have found a valid number and therefore a potential target.

Next time you get a text from an unknown number it may be wise to simply ignore it unless you are confident that it is from someone that you really know.

4. Using Public WiFi Networks

Any information that you send or receive via a public WiFi is available to anyone who has the knowledge of how to find it.

This form of connection gives hackers easy access to your personal information so only use WiFi networks that are password protected or alternatively stick with mobile data – it may save you a lot of heartache and money in the long run.

5. Click on Dangerous Links

According to research by the RSA, users are three times more likely to fall for phishing scams on their smartphone than they are on their computer.

This is because phoney login pages are harder to spot. Never click on a link in an SMS or message that asks you to login into your account – even if the message appears to be from a friend.

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