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Tips to help keep your phone secure

Your Windows Phone is secure by design. Many security features are turned on by default. For example, apps you download from the Windows Phone Store are tested by Microsoft and encrypted to make sure you don't accidentally install malicious software on your phone. Your employer can turn on other security features, such as device encryption, by using a company policy.

There are also a number of ways that you can help keep your information safe and your phone healthy. Here are some easy things to consider doing:

Set a password

To help prevent someone from using your phone without your permission (making phone calls, reading your emails and so on), it's a good idea to use a password or Personal Identification Number (PIN). Have a look at the Lock screen FAQ for details.

Password screen on Windows Phone

Set up a Wallet PIN

When combined with your lock screen password, setting up a Wallet PIN provides an extra layer of security for purchases in the Windows Phone Store. The PIN can also prevent unwanted NFC payments.

Set up a SIM PIN

In addition, you can set a PIN for your SIM card to prevent other people from making phone calls with your phone.

Set up Kid's Corner

If you've ever handed your smartphone to a child, you know that they can quickly get into all sorts of apps and settings they shouldn't. No such worries with Kid's Corner, a place on your phone where your child can play with the games, apps, music and videos you add there, but can't get to the rest of your stuff. To learn more, see Setting up Kid's Corner.

Kid's Corner on Windows Phone

Back it up

Windows Phone 8.1 can automatically save your phone settings, text messages, photos and videos to the cloud so you'll have a backup if something happens to your phone. For details, see Backing up your stuff.

Use the free Find My Phone service

Whether your phone is lodged down the back of the settee or riding around in a taxi, misplacing it can be a nightmare. But setting up Find My Phone can help. From your browser, you can ring your phone, find it on a map, lock it or even erase it. You can also send your contact info (or another brief message) to show on the lock screen, just in case some kind soul has found it. This "set it and forget it" step is great for your peace of mind.

Finding your lost Windows Phone

To map your phone's location, you must turn on location services on your phone. For more info about how to do this, see Location awareness and your phone. Note that the option to find your phone on a map is not available in all countries/regions. For more information, see Feature and service availability.

Say yes to updates

Your phone is designed to work better when it's running the latest software updates from Microsoft and your phone manufacturer. When you see a notification on your phone that an update is available, download and install it. See How do I update my phone software? for more information.

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