Best practices, tips & hints for mobile security.
Mobile phones have been gaining increasing importance in our daily lives. People tend to store their personal data, appointments’ details and full list of contacts there. If you consider this, than your smartphone with sensitive data has much more value than pure purchase cost. How to protect it from being stolen or lost? There is always a risk, but here are some tips to prevent as much damage as possible.
1. Install protective software
First of all, security apps are more than worth-recommending. They may prevent you from being hacked as well as help you after being robbed. According to Avast, hackers create 2850 mobile threats everyday. As mentioned previously, nowadays smartphones contain sensitive data (with even banking services included!), what make them even more tempting for hackers. Appropriate software doesn’t only scan your device – it also scans networks you connect with. When you improve your security, obligatorily include anti-theft options. They allow you to track your device on the map using GPS, WIFI and/or cellular network. Also, they enable you to remotely block your phone, send text message (with localization coordinates and information about SIM CARD – even replaced one) or trigger an alarm that cannot be silenced. Sometimes, there is also a chance to send a photography of thief (selfie may be made after three failed attempts of unlocking home screen).
You can choose from variety of apps, including (Android examples):
- Lookout Mobile Security
- Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus>,
- Norton Mobile Security and Antivirus
- McAfee Mobile Security & Antivirus
- 360 Security – Antivirus Boost
- F-secure Mobile Security
- Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
- Kaspersky Internet Security
- Trend Micro Mobil Security & Antivirus
2. Lock your phone
It can be either a pin, password or pattern – but your home screen should be locked. It will not prevent a thief from using stolen device, but will make it more difficult. Android users can find it in Local & Security Settings. Check General options if you’re using iPhone.
3.Download apps only from trusted stores
If you’re looking for some app – search in Google Play/App Store. The markets are run in order to have an eye on developers and their released software. Don’t install apps from other sources unless you consider the risk. They may be useful, but they also may be dangerous. It’s suggested to advanced users only as your mobile may get irreversibly crashed.
4. Back up your data
It’s been said hundreds of times, but most people appreciate this advice when it’s too late. Do regular backups, especially of your confidential and most important data. Security is not only about preventing – it’s also about minimizing losses.
5. Use a common sense
The last, but not least, do use a common sense. It’s your best firewall you ever had! Threats change as time passes, but this advice just never expires. If you make an online payment – always log out. If you don’t use WiFi or Bluetooth – turn them off. You may think of them as ways for contacting with world. Indeed – a hacker may hack you via these. Additionally, always get the latest versions of your software – no matter if it’s just an app or the whole operating system. Apart from adding new utilities, they also improve your security. You should also protect your personal data – don’t post them on untrusted sites. In fact, you shouldn’t post it at all or someday it may be used against you.