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Smart phone hacking on the rise

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With iPhones and Androids becoming more advanced, there's a growing trend in the number of smart phones being hacked, leaving users extremely vulnerable to compromised personal information.

"It can be dangerous, especially if someone operates their entire business out of it," said local technology expert Michael White. "They're able to literally control everything. We're talking bank data. I mean there's tons of things you just can't imagine what people get a hold of."

White who created Lubbock's Fix In a Zip, or FIZ, knows smart phones inside and out and says he can fix your phone in a zip.

"Here lately we've seen a lot of water damage phones, and we can recover about 90% of them. It's pretty amazing, we can get a phone in and out with water damage in about less than three hours if we had to," White said.

While he can save the phones from their owner's wear and tear, fixing broken screens and restoring them from water damage, he can also help save them from outside intruders like hackers.

"Where there's a will there's a way, and so what ends up happening is they're just working constantly to try to come with different ways to hack into them. The biggest thing that we're seeing is they attach themselves to different apps," said White.

Hackers also attack smart phones through unsecured public WiFi hotspots, giving them an open door to all your personal and private information.

So how can you protect your mobile device that doubles as a mobile bank, wallet, social network and much, much more? White says there are several simple steps that can fix it in a zip.

"You want to download apps from secure sources and reputable sources. Apple actually has a really lengthy process they go through to approve apps where Android you can just down load whatever you want."

Regardless of what kind of smart phone you have, White says you should always have a pass code in case you misplace your phone. This will help protect from hackers trying to physically use your phone.

Smart phone users should also be weary of using public WiFi that doesn't require a password. There are also several apps that will help protect your phone, including ones like Androids Remote Lock that allows you delete data from you phone remotely if it's lost. Others can run checks on apps to make sure they secure before you download them.

If you would like more information on how to get your IPhone, HTC and Android phones repaired (click here) to visit FIZ.

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