When Picking Out Your First Smart Phone, Keep Mobile Security in Mind

Nov 28, 2012 18:40:10Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

When Picking Out Your First Smart Phone, Keep Mobile Security in Mind

Are you still carrying around one of those clunky candy bar phones? Do you have to flip open your mobile device just to see who's calling? No touch screen? If you're feeling like technology is leaving you in the dust, then it may be time to upgrade to a smart phone. These minicomputers can be extraordinarily useful tools, and chances are once you "go smart" you'll never look back. But where does one start when picking out their first advanced cell phone? Here are some tips.

Choosing your operating system
The first choice you'll need to make is what operating system you want your device to run on. There are essentially three large carriers in the market: Apple, Google's Android and Windows. The most surefire way to figure out which of these operating systems is best for you is to try them out, either by borrowing a friend's phone or going to a store and trying sample devices. Each has their own benefits and shortcomings, and you'll find vehement supporters of all three systems. It really comes down to personal preference.

Choosing the phone itself
Once you've squared away what operating system you prefer, the next big choice comes when it's time to pick out the actual phone. There are hundreds of different devices from companies like Samsung, Motorola, Apple and LG, so it may seem a bit overwhelming at first. Once again, the best bet is to try each one out. When looking at the devices, think about how you will be using them in your day to day life. Do you like to carry your phone in your pocket? If so, then you may want to aim for something smaller and lighter. Are you a big fan of games and video? Then you might do better with a phone that has a higher resolution screen.

Protecting your security
No matter what phone or operating system you choose, one of your top priorities should be protecting your cell phone privacy. Read online reviews or talk to in-store experts to find out how secure a device is before you make any final decisions. You'll also need to school yourself on keeping your device safe, as smart phones are more easily exposed to cyber attacks. For instance, make sure you know how to spot a phishing scam when you see it, or consider creating an additional phone number for your device to use when posting to various social media accounts.

Once you've settled on a device, give yourself a pat on the back. You're finally entering the modern age!