Cell phone safety: Some things not to do with your smart phones

Experts say never call back unknown numbers; download apps from third-party websites

ORLANDO, Fla. – On average, Americans check their phones at least 96 times per day and spend about five hours and 24 minutes on their mobile devices daily.

Whether it’s texting, Facetime, or social media, there are some things you should never do with your cellphone.

First, never call back an unknown number. Scammers often use familiar area codes to gain your trust while gaining access to your information.

Experts also say it’s a bad idea to access banking information from your device, as some banking apps lack proper security features.

When it comes to apps, never download them from third-party websites. It may give you paid software for free, but it opens up you to malware.

Also, avoid storing passwords and important information on your device. Apps like LastPass and 1password offer secure ways to store passwords.

When it comes to charging your cellphone, avoid using a public charging station. Charging stations can be easily modified to give cyber criminals access to your phone.

It’s also important to turn off your phone frequently. It wipes all the cache and temporary data stored on your phone, which clears up storage and gives you a longer battery life.

One last smart tip is to be careful when using battery saving apps. Most of the apps consume your battery life when it’s running in the background, and they are usually a waste of money.

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