How to Protect Your Cell Phone From Hackers

By Kristy Lewallen

With improvements in technology, cell phones aren't just used for making phone calls anymore. Cell phones are now considered mini-computers and can be used to send emails, browse the Internet, shop online, take and store pictures and schedule meetings. Along with these helpful new ways to communicate comes one major downside; cell phones are easier to hack into. Information shared on your phone or stored in your phone may be at risk. Protecting your cell phone from hackers will ensure your personal information isn't stolen by hackers.

Step 1

Keep your cell phone with you at all times. Store it in your purse or purchase a case that allows you to attach it to your belt. It will be harder for thieves to steal your phone if you know where it is at all times.

Step 2

Contact your service provider immediately if your phone has been stolen or if you believe it has been hacked. This can save you from any charges run up by a thief. When purchasing a cell phone, ask your provider if they cover these charges. If not, you may be held responsible for them.

Step 3

Protect your cell phone by using a password to unlock it. Select a password that isn't easy to figure out and as random as possible, and never share it with anyone. You will be required to enter this password before you or anyone can access your phone and it will protect your phone against anyone trying to use it or access your information.

Step 4

Keep your Bluetooth turned off unless you are using it. Leaving Bluetooth enabled at all times will make it much easier for thieves to wirelessly hack into your cell phone and gain access to personal information.

Step 5

Download anti-virus software if it's available for your phone and update it on a regular basis. Check your phone's manual or contact your service provider to find out if you can install anti-virus software on your cell phone model.

Step 6

Reject all text messages, multimedia messages and other files sent to you by someone you do not know. This will protect you against hackers and viruses. Remember that even opening some emails may automatically download a virus.