This week, Whatsapp struck a blow for liberty by adding encryption to the popular messaging service – this foiling the plans of spies, cops and other snoops. End-to-end encrypted apps mean your messages are safe as they travel – the only person who can read them is the recipient. But what ELSE can you do to keep the data in your phone safe? Here’s a few tips. MORE: Whatsapp: Here’s what that new little yellow message about encryption means 1) Don’t use a four-digit PIN Your password is the ‘gatekeeper’ to stop people getting into your phone – and four-digit PINs are the least secure option. Ideally, choose a fingerprint, backed by an alphanumeric password, or, if you simply must, a six-digit PIN. 2) Set your phone to lock after 30 seconds If someone swipes your phone – or picks it up just after you put it down – they can get in straight away. Set yours to lock as quickly as your phone will let you. 3) Check if there are ‘spy’ apps on your phone If you really ARE being spied on – or if your other half is really suspicious – you might want to look for […]
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