mobiledevicesDid you receive a new smartphone or tablet as a present?  Be nice to your new device. It is up to you to protect it from viruses and keep your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. Here are few tips to help you do just that.

NOTE: The tips below may require that you become familiar with your device by reading the manual that came with it or going to the website of the manufacturer and or service provider.


Consider disabling the geo-location feature (GPS) for apps that do not need to know your location.


Bad guys realize the use of smartphones and tablets are increasing. They also know the information on these devices is becoming more and more valuable. So, just like with computers, more viruses will be created to attack smartphones and tablets. You should install a good antivirus\malware app on your device. Avast works well for me. However, many people swear by Lookout.


I hope your device s never lost or stolen, but it could happen. The iPad has a built-in application called Find My iPad and Find My iPhone for Apple smartphones. However, you must make sure you have the app enabled.

For Android devices, AndroidLost is worth looking into. I use it on my phone. It is easy to use and has many useful features and all for free. You may also want to look at options from Trend Micro Mobile and Norton Mobile Security.

I just went to and asked the site to find my phone. In about 3 minutes I received an email from The site sent me the approximate map coordinates for my phone and a picture using Google Maps. It was correct. My phone is right here with me at home. The picture below is my house.


Map coordinates.


Yep, my phone is upstairs at home.



It is a good idea to look into content filtering apps if a child will be using a smartphone or tablet.  You do not want little David or Jessica to stumble across some offensive material on the Internet. Apple has built-in content filtering. For your Android device, take a look at Trend Micro Mobile for Android, Norton ConnectSafe, PhoneSheriff, or uKnowMobile.


Know what your device is up to (how it will behave) by really researching apps BEFORE you download them. Do the best you can to find out an apps privacy policy, what advertising you may be subjected to, social media links, in-app purchases and if it tracks your location.



Don’t leave your device unprotected. You don’t leave the doors to your house or car unlocked…right? Use a GOOD password on your device, not something as simple as 1234.


The last line of defense when everything else fails is being able to delete all of the information off of your device. I know phones and tablets are expensive, but it is highly likely that the information stored on your device is more valuable than the device itself.  If your phone is lost or stolen, being able to remotely delete all of the information from the device is very important and will give you some piece of mind.

You can remotely wipe your iPhone by using the built-in Apple app “Find My iPhone,” but it must be enabled first. You must also have iCloud set up and enabled as well. You can use AndroidLost to wipe your Android phone.


Questions or comments are encouraged.


John L. Jones

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