As phones (and other mobile devices) have become indispensable parts of our lives, it's increasingly important to reduce their privacy and security risks.
Whether you use a password, fingerprint or pattern, it’s important to restrict access to your phone and set it to automatically lock after a certain period of inactivity. This could buy you some time to find/wipe your phone if it’s ever lost or stolen.
Research Your Apps
By only downloading apps you trust (and keeping them updated), you can help to keep your phone safer from viruses and malware.
Be Careful When Connecting
If you’re connected to public Wi-Fi (airport, coffee shop, store), you should assume that anything that you do on your phone can be seen by others. If you’re going to be doing anything important or involving sensitive information, it’s a good idea to encrypt your communications with a Virtual Private Network (VPN).