1.    ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR DEVICE WITH A PASSWORD: Most phones require a four-digit passcode, but others allow you to create a more complicated passcode, a pattern, or a biometric lock that uses your fingerprint or facial recognition. Consider borrowing someone else’s phone to search up safety information or call a helpline if you can’t put a passcode on your phone or if the abusive individual demands that you disclose your passcode.

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2.    SECURE YOUR CLOUD ACCOUNTS. Phones typically have an online account with the phone company as well as a cloud account where personal data is stored (most likely a Google or iCloud account). To ensure that no one else has access to your information, review your security settings and consider changing passwords for your phone and cloud accounts.

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3.    INSTALL ANTIVIRUS AND SPYWARE PROTECTION: Reputable programs can be found in app stores after doing some research online. Many of the services offer free versions, and they can safeguard your device from being infected by stalkerware and other dangerous programs.

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4.   KEEP YOUR LOCATION PRIVATE. Some phones and apps have built-in GPS that can pinpoint your location, and you can share that information with others. You can modify your location sharing through your phone’s settings, where you can pick which apps have access to your location or turn it off completely. Some apps also allow you to control your location sharing from within the app’s settings.

5.    UPDATE YOUR PRIVACY & SECURITY SETTINGS. Most phones offer privacy and security options that you may use to manage your privacy and security. These controls can be found in the phone’s or app’s settings. Read our guides on Facebook and Twitter for additional information about their privacy and security settings, and read Online Privacy & Safety Tips for further information.

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6.    ALWAYS LOG OUT OF PROGRAMMES ADN ACCOUNTS: If others have access to your phone, consider signing out of accounts so they can’t access them. Some apps may not be able to be logged out without deleting them from your phone. Although it may be more cumbersome to access the account through a browser, make your option based on your own privacy and security concerns.

7.    VERIFY DOWNLOADED APPS. If you come across an unusual app on your phone, delete it immediately. Apps are simple to download and forget about, and some of them may be collecting your personal information. However, if you’re concerned that a program may include spyware or stalkerware, proceed with caution before uninstalling it. On a safer device, learn more about spyware.

8.    AVOID STOLEN/UNLOCKED PHONES: By removing the constraints imposed by the manufacturer and the phone carrier, these phones become more exposed to spyware and viruses. Knowing if your phone has been unlocked or “jail-broken” can also indicate whether or not a monitoring app has been put on it.

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9.    USE VIRTUAL PHONE NUMBERS: Consider getting a virtual phone number, which allows you to screen calls, get voicemails, and make or send calls or texts without having to share your device’s phone number. Because virtual numbers might be linked to a cloud account, such as Google Voice, make sure that account is secure as well.

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10. DON’T STORE SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR DEVICE. The less personal data you have on your phone, the less probable it is that someone else will have access to it. You may want to erase particular text messages or voicemails from your phone as well as any cloud accounts connected to it (like Google or iCloud).