Your smartphone has become an indispensable tool for everyone, the object without which many feel naked and left to their own devices: the smartphone. In your pocket, your bag, drawn at the slightest opportunity, to orient yourself, to wait, to pretend you’re very busy (you know, when you open an app, then you close it, then you scroll through the menus, and you reopen the app by reflex, you scroll through your messages without reading them, or you reread your old SMS / mails… Yes, you’re not alone!). Besides, people are not using their best technological friends in an optimal way. Here are some tips to better use your smartphone.

1. Choose 1-2-3-4 as your password

Many of us have chosen passwords such as “123,456” or “password”. While they are easy to remember, they do not fulfill their primary function: to protect private access!

With these simplistic codes, hackers can very easily log in to any account. Therefore, always make sure to:

– Use letters and numbers.
– Use upper and lower case letters.

Good to know: you are really not the only one to use 123,456 as a password. The SplashData application (to save your access codes) points to this access code as the most widely used in the world. It also denounces a large number of hackings of the accounts of Adobe users who use the password “Adobe” or “Photoshop”.

2. Leaving your sessions active

To avoid reconnecting systematically, you leave your sessions (inbox, social networks) active. Some even choose to be notified every time an application has a new feature.

Warning! It is on open and unused sessions that hackers take possession of accounts to extract personal data (credit cards, etc.). It is therefore strongly recommended to uncheck the “keep my session active” box when connecting.

3. Sleeping with your smartphone turned on nearby

How many of us use our smartphone as an alarm clock? How many leave it under the pillow, stuck in the headboard or just on the edge of the bedside table, turned on, just “just in case”?

Not only can your smartphone prevent you from sleeping (waiting for a message, frequent notifications, etc.) but its electromagnetic waves can interfere with the brain.
Leave your phone in another room or turn it off before going to bed.

Warning: while on some older models the alarm clock rang with the phone switched off, few smartphones today have this function. And there you have it, back to the alarm clock!

Also, if you are constantly hanging up on the phone, you risk frequent headaches and recurring earaches. To reduce these undesirable effects, use the “speaker” function of your smartphone or connect a hands-free kit.

4. Keeping a list of all your access codes

Another serious mistake that makes the hacker happy: the list of access codes. Bank, social security, work… If by hacking your phone, a malicious person falls on it, you will be in deep trouble!

If you want to keep a copy of your codes so you don’t forget them:

– Write down your access codes in a paper notebook.
– Delete these codes from your computer and smartphone.
– Keep your notebook under lock and key, out of sight.

5. Overload your smartphone with apps

It’s tempting to download the latest fashionable applications. And we’ve almost all been there! With just a few clicks, the games of the moment are at your fingertips to keep you busy in the subway, before going to bed, in a queue and even… in the bathroom.

The problem is that you don’t have enough memory to take a simple photo, a video, or receive messages. Too bad!

– Regularly delete the ones you no longer use.
– Watch the authorizations you give when you download a new one: no need to be geolocated to play chess!
– Regularly download your data to a computer.

Hope the above helps you in using your smartphone better. Remember to share this post with your friends and comment below.

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