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Why is it important to turn off your smartphone regularly ?

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Your smartphone goes with you wherever you go. Versatile, it now serves as a GPS, MP3 player, alarm clock, calendar, encyclopedia and even a camera. Smartphones are simply omnipresent in our daily lives. So much so that many users never bother to turn off their famous companion. However, they should.

In a best practices guide published by the NSA, the American National Security Agency, it is recommended to turn off your smartphone at least once a week for increased security. We explain.

Take care of your smartphone, turn it off

As cyber attacks are on the rise, it is essential to do everything you can to better protect yourself from them. In its best practices guide, the NSA allows users to “better protect devices and personal information”.

The American National Security Agency is not short of advice and other recommendations. Among the good practices highlighted in this guide, it is advisable to turn off your smartphone once a week. This helps reduce the risk of falling victim to “zero-click” hacks, i.e. attacks that do not require clicking on a fraudulent link or downloading a malicious attachment. These “zero click” attacks are particularly vicious since they silently infect the device without the victim having to act. These attacks exploit flaws in the validation or processing of data on your smartphone then use flaws in data verification to infiltrate and strike better.

To To reduce the risks of suffering these vicious attacks, you should therefore turn off your smartphone at least once a week. This simple habit would make it more difficult for hackers to steal information. Of course, that doesn't make you unassailable. But it can minimize the risks, and that’s something.

Other advice provided by the NSA includes regularly updating the applications on your smartphone and your operating system. It is also recommended to avoid reconnecting to public networks, unless using a VPN to better protect yourself, and to always turn off Bluetooth and WiFi when not using them. When downloading an application, do so from a recognized or official store.

Of course, it is impossible to guarantee that these tips will make you completely invulnerable. However, these recommendations help reduce the risk of hacking. It's always better than nothing.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116