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Tips to protect yourself from cellphone hackers

July 04, 2010

Cellphones are getting smarter, but that also means they're more vulnerable to hacks and attacks. Here are some tips to protect yourself.

-- Familiarize yourself with your phone's security controls. These are often listed on the phone's options or settings page. In general it's recommended that you choose the most restrictive settings.

-- Read other users' reviews and ratings of apps and buy only those you think you can trust.

-- Be suspicious if an app asks for access to data that doesn't seem appropriate for its function. An app for a tick-tack-toe game should not be asking for permission to access to your e-mails.

-- Be wary of odd text messages or e-mails asking you to click on unfamiliar links even if they appear to be from friends.

-- David Sarno

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