(WOLO) Columbia, SC- Beware Smartphone addicts. that *mini-computer* in your hand could make you an easy target for hackers and thieves. But the south carolina department of consumer affairs shares these simples steps to save you a lot of trouble. Use strong, creative passwords that aren’t shared with anyone. Keep up-to-date anti-virus software on your phone. Disable *Bluetooth* when not in use so others can’t intercept your conversations. And make sure to erase important information and remove any s-d cards before disposing of the device.