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In today's world, mobile devices mean everything to us: connecting with loved ones, taking care of our households, making payments, and even working. For some, you are practically holding your entire life in your hands. But with this convenience comes a risk: mobile devices can be hacked or stolen, which leaves you at risk of losing data. No, not just internet data, I'm referring to information relating to you, your friends, your family and your work.

Here are 4 tips to help you keep your mobile device secure:

  1. Use a strong password or PIN. This is the most important thing you can do to protect your mobile device. Your password or PIN should be at least 8 characters long and include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

  2. Be careful what apps you download. Only download apps from trusted sources, such as the App Store or Google Play. Avoid downloading apps from third-party websites, as they may contain malicious software ("malware"). If you're ever unsure about whether or not an app is safe, you can always check with our IT department.

  3. Keep your software up to date. Software updates often include security patches that can help protect your device from malware and other threats. Make sure you install software updates as soon as they are available.

  4. Back up your data regularly. If your mobile device is lost or stolen, you'll want to have a backup of your data so you don't lose it all. Back up your data to the cloud or an external hard drive.

I hope these tips help you keep your mobile device secure. Remember, it's important to be vigilant about your security, but you don't have to be paranoid. Just use common sense and take some simple precautions, and you'll be well on your way to keeping your data safe.


The first text message was sent in 1992 by Neil Papworth, a British engineer. He sent the message to his colleague, Richard Jarvis, who was sitting just across the room from him. The message simply said "Merry Christmas."


The first person to send the correct answer to the question below to my email inbox (, will receive a chocolate (40-60g) of your choice. This competition will close on Wednesday, 16 August 2023 at 09h00. T&Cs apply.

Name 4 elements/components that an individual needs to consider/use when creating and/or changing passwords.

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Unknown member
Aug 30, 2023

Thanks for sharing Ian! I missed the chocolate deadline submission.... if you have spare chocs please share 😁


Unknown member
Aug 15, 2023

Great advice . If ever unsure about how strong your password use this link.

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