How to Keep Your Smartphone Secure
With technological advancements, smartphones have become more like mini computers. And due to the enhanced features and ease of use, smartphones are widely used for storing all kinds of sensitive information. You store your contacts, photos, as well as login credentials and passwords on the phone. Moreover, businesses also rely heavily on mobile devices to get work done. Given the sensitivity of the information, it’s crucial to protect your phone.
Your smartphone is at the risk of malware and theft. If somehow it gets stolen or hacked, you’ll lose all the data. In the worst case, if your phone is hacked, your personal information can also be misused. As such, your smartphone needs the same protection as your personal laptop and work computer does.
The latest models of smartphones come with superior features but these are still not bulletproof against data loss. Your mobile can get compromised and a hacker might steal your personal information. Therefore, it is necessary to take precautions and protect your phone from hackers and thieves. Below we’ve compiled some tips to help keep your device as secure as possible.
Stay Up To Date
Make sure to avoid the mistake of postponing or ignoring operating system updates and app updates. If you want to ensure optimal security of your phone, keep updating its operating system regularly to avoid a data breach. As the operating system gets outdated, hackers can identify and exploit vulnerabilities in systems. Developers keep improving and patching the security gaps and weaknesses of the existing OS. So, to prevent data losses and hacks, keep updating your OS and apps frequently.
Use a Strong Passcode
It’s convenient to keep your phone unlocked all the time but it’s not recommended. Your phone has your personal photos, text messages, email, social media accounts, and a lot more sensitive data. What if you lose your phone and a stranger get access to it? To keep your data safe, always use a strong password to protect your smartphone. You may also use a “pattern lock” which is drawn on the screen to grant access. The latest devices also have fingerprint and face recognition locks. In addition to setting a strong password, you should also use a SIM card lock.
Use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Cautiously
It’s tempting to use a free public Wi-Fi connection but that can compromise the safety of your data. When you’re using the internet connection of a hotel, café, airport, park, gym, or conference center, make sure exercise caution. Public Wi-Fi is not secure and usually, these are the favorite spot for hackers to steal users’ private information. To protect your data, make sure not to use unencrypted open networks. If it’s unavoidable, try to use a reliable VPN. Also, make sure to turn off your Bluetooth in public places to avoid connecting your phone to the wrong network.
Download Application & Browse Internet Carefully
Most of the malware enters the smartphones through the application you download. To keep your phone and data safe, carefully review the permissions that any software requires when you install it. There are many apps on the Play Store that have hidden malware. And if you download a malicious app, it will infect your phone and may even steal your personal information. Besides carefully downloading the apps, you should also cautiously browse the internet. To avoid visiting malicious websites, always look at the URL and make sure the ‘HTTP’ has an ‘s’ at the end.