1. Encrypt your smartphone
2. Set up a strong password
The best general tip for a secure code, password or pattern is to make it random and as long or convoluted as it can be. For passwords, make sure they include different cases, numbers, letters and symbols. Security appliance firm SplashData releases an annual report spotlighting the worst passwords and users can take a peak to see what passwords to avoid. There are also several services — 1Password, LastPass, KeePass or Dashlane — that help users create strong passwords while anonymizing and storing their passwords.
3. Use apps offering end-to-end encryption
While Facebook Messenger features end-to-end encryption, which users have to opt into by opening a "secret conversation," Facebook Groups offers no such protection. Apps like WhatsApp, Semaphor and Signal also provide end-to-end encryption. The Verge warns, however, that WhatsApp stores chat logs and even shares individual data with Facebook. Signal, on the other hand, is well received by cryptographers, does not store metadata and, according to data from App Annie, downloads for the encrypted messaging app have spiked since Trump got elected.