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Tips to help keep my phone secure

Here are three easy ways to help keep your information safe and your phone healthy.

Put a lock on it

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

Hey, where's my phone?

Whether your phone is lodged between couch cushions or left in a taxi, misplacing it is a drag. 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.

Note

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 my phone.

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, connect your phone to your computer to download and install it. For more information, see Phone updates FAQ.

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