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Advice to protect your smart-phone against viruses

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWe live in a time when mobile phones are no longer limited to their intended use – there are now similar to small computers that can be used to process money transfers, important job correspondence and other everyday tasks. Unfortunately, along with increased functionality there is also an increased risk of viral infection.

To avoid letting someone hack your device, follow simple precautions. Here are some pieces of advice from Samsung product specialist Janis Lejnieks.

Carefully look at what you’re agreeing to

«It is highly recommended to download apps from trusted and official platforms like Google Play or Galaxy Apps. It is also worth reading feedback about apps posted by other users – the more feedback there is the higher the chance that an app’s quality is high,» – says Lejnieks. He notes that before allowing apps to download, it is important to pay attention to which files the app intends to use. Carefully consider sharing your call history, social network profiles or camera access with apps before hitting ‘Yes’.

Anti-virus software for phones

You should install licensed anti-virus software on your phone – it will check all incoming data. «Smart Manager function plays a major role in this by checking for any hacking or virus threats daily. It also monitors battery use and memory use,» – says Lejnieks. He recommends Samsung Knox security platform, which helps protect information stored on the phone from attacks.

Update the software

Updating software and OS is one of the pre-requisites to ensure maximum data security. It is highly recommended to update programmes every time an update request pops up – it will help protect the device from new forms of viruses.

Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you’re not using them

If you keep Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on at all times, your phone automatically connects to all wireless Internet networks. This increases the possibility of a virus infecting the device. «To increase security, turn Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks off whenever you’re not using them. Most smart-devices have an option to permit automatic connections only with known networks and devices,» – Samsung expert explains.

Do not leave room for accidents

Be responsible with you smart-phone – don’t leave it without supervision around children. It is also recommended to use a security code, drawing or finger print to make sure no one but you can access it while you’re not around.

If you have suspicions that your phone has been infected (slower processing time, apps not working or you cannot unblock your phone), it is recommended to show your device to a professional in the nearest service centre.

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