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Advertisement With the addition of internet connectivity, Bluetooth, more ports, GPS, and countless apps, smartphones are a privacy and security nightmare. But you won’t necessarily improve your situation by switching to a dumb phone.Here are five areas where smartphones have the upper hand when it comes to security.1. Smartphones Support Encrypted CommunicationSMS is a communication standard commonplace all over the world. That doesn’t mean it’s private.Smartphones let you install methods of communication designed to safeguard your privacy. Consider encrypted messaging apps, which make your conversations more difficult to intercept. The benefits aren’t limited to text-based conversations. You can send encrypted voice calls or video chat as well.While there are numerous options out there, Signal is a great place to start. The app is free and open source, so people are able to confirm whether the developer is actually snooping on your conversations. Plus it … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Why Smartphones Are More Secure Than Dumb Phones
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