5. Secure your text chats with end-to-end encryption
Text messaging, or SMS, has been around a long time and is not encrypted. The world has moved on to messaging apps which are secure. WhatsApp is more secure than Facebook Messenger. WhatsApp’s security means only you the sender and your chosen recipient can read that content. Alternatives without that encryption leave the door ajar for shadowy third parties to intercept and access the content.
iMessages on your iPhone are encrypted for other iPhone recipients – but not for Android recipients. An app like Signal is worth considering for security in this scenario.
Be suspicious when backing up your text messages to iCloud or Google drive. They are databases and databases get hacked. The best advice is “don’t back these texts to the cloud”; delete locally or back up locally if you need to. And go and delete your messaging history from those clouds so that they don’t hold it indefinitely.