DEAR MS. SMARTPHONE: MY BOYFRIEND HELPED ME DOWNLOAD SOME NEW APPS. BUT NOW HE HAS MY PASSWORD FOR BOTH THE PHONE AND FOR THE APP STORE. HE SAYS I DO NOT NEED TO CHANGE THEM IF I TRUST HIM. Lily, La Canada
Dear Lily: Lots of people find themselves in this situation, and you should be grateful for the assistance he gave you with the phone. It’s great to learn about our phones by asking others for help. But, even though you fully trust your boyfriend, it’s always a good idea to frequently change passwords because of outside security risks. Go ahead and change your passwords, and if you have to explain your reasoning, tell him you are going to do this regularly to keep your phone more secure.