Boost your phone’s security with simple advice from NSA.

In today’s digital age, safeguarding our smartphones is crucial. Cell phones have become top targets for hackers. The National Security Agency (NSA) recently shared a simple yet effective tip to enhance your phone’s security:
TURN IT OFF, TURN IT BACK ON at least once a week.

Why Restarting Helps

Restarting your phone weekly can protect against “zero-click” exploits. These sophisticated cyber-attacks don’t require user interaction and can silently access your device to steal data. By rebooting, you disrupt these attacks, helping to safeguard your personal information (Boston 25 News) (WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio).

Additional Security Tips

Alongside the weekly restart, the NSA recommends:

  1. Disable Bluetooth and Location Services: Turn these off when not in use to reduce potential entry points for hackers.
  2. Keep Your Software Updated: Regular updates provide essential security patches against new threats.

A Simple Habit for Greater Security

Incorporating a weekly reboot into your routine is a small but powerful step to protect your smartphone. While good general advice, you still need to be vigilant against many of the more advanced malware and spyware threats. Combined with disabling unnecessary services and keeping your software current, restarting your phone helps you enjoy the benefits of your device with enhanced security (Boston 25 News) (WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio).

By following these straightforward tips, you can better protect your phone from evolving cyber threats.

The NSA has a document that lists best practices for the security of your mobile device and personal data:
NSA Mobile Device Best Practices – DocumentCloud

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