In depth: 10 tips to make your phone more secure

Your smartphone is more precious than your wallet, your keys and in some cases, your actual computer when it comes to sensitive information – but we all have that nagging guilt that we don’t do enough to protect our devices beyond perhaps having a four digit pass code.

With around 314 mobiles stolen a day on the streets of London, the risk of things getting out is extremely high.

Of course if you’re looking to keep your phone safe from international spies, or snooping networks, you can always check out the BlackPhone… but if you’re just the average smartphone user who wants to be a little safer, follow some of our tips below.

1. Update your software

Whether you are running iOS, Android or Windows Phone we will always advise you to grab the latest version of the OS available. This can be a little difficult with Android updates often taking a little while to go through manufacturer and network testing but is well worth it.

Part of the reason we suggest grabbing the latest OS is because it comes with all the added bonuses whether it’s the Control Center of iOS7 or the clear bars on Android KitKat, but also because a lot of security loopholes will have been closed.

These updates don’t just pop up in major iterations either; Apple is currently pushing out iOS 7.0.6 in order to close a problem associated with using Apple devices on an unsecured network.

Most manufacturers allow you to set your phone to check for updates automatically, so always make sure this box is ticked.

2. Use a secure lock screen

It seems almost nonsensical in this day and age to not have a basic password on your lock screen, even if it is a basic one. One of the first things we’d suggest is to navigate into your device’s security settings and enable a pass lock.

There are obvious benefits to having even a basic lock, but whilst face lock of Android might seem fun it isn’t the most secure system out there, with many Google devices rating the effectiveness of each security system so you can make an informed choice.

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