Your smartphones and computers store a lot of personal information about you. Here are a few tips on keeping your information secure.

Before installing apps make sure you are downloading from the official App Store or Google Play store. Official Apps are tested before they are made available. Malicious apps, found on non-official sites, may appear legitimate but can contain a virus or collect personal data without you knowing it.

Always update to the latest versions of official apps and operating system software. They usually patch security flaws.

When submitting online forms, make sure you are on a secure site. Check the web address. The http should end in an “s”, meaning it is secure and information you submit is encrypted.

I’m Francie Black.  Don’t forget to subscribe to get the weekly tech tips in your inbox.