IDG reported that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) issued guidelines for smartphone users which for the most part are common sense. But apparently many smartphone uses need this advice. The FCC report is entitled “Ten Steps to Smartphone Security” which includes the following:

  1. Set PINs and passwords.
  2. Do not modify your smartphone’s security settings.
  3. Backup and secure your data.
  4. Only install apps from trusted sources.
  5. Understand app permissions before accepting them.
  6. Install security apps that enable remote location and wiping.
  7. Accept updates and patches to your smartphone’s software.
  8. Be smart on open Wi-Fi networks.
  9. Wipe data on your old phone before you donate, resell, or recycle it.
  10. Report a stolen smartphone.

It would be interesting to see current smartphone security statistics that led the FCC to issues these guidelines.