Your Smartphone knows you better and more intimately than your closest friend. It’s privy to your personal and financial data—Information that either lost or stolen can get you in a world of trouble. You’ve probably read or heard about dozens of instances of Smartphone shaving been hacked into, rendered useless, or used for monetary and identity thefts. So how do you ensure this doesn’t happen to you? Here are 10 ways to avoid falling victim to cyber attacks and hackers.
1. Password/Pattern protect the lock screen
It’s the most basic of security measures and yet often the most ignored of them all. Yes, it will take a couple of extra seconds to access your phone’s functions, but using a pin or pattern lock is actually the first line of defense against unwanted access. An absolute must!
2. Do not ‘Root’
Unless you’re really tech savvy and know exactly what you’re doing, it’s best to avoid rooting for as it can compromise the device’s built in safety protocols, allowing installed apps to perform all sorts of unsavory actions, including peeking into your personal data.
3. Download a good Mobile Security app
One of the first things you should do when you buy a new Smartphone is download a mobile security app. There are plenty of options to pick from. Just be sure to consider factors like the size, user reviews and ratings of the application before you download it.
4. Keep up to date with the latest Software
Updating the mobile phone’s software and installed applications—quite a tiresome process that sometimes causes changes you might find irksome. But it’s a necessary little evil that should ideally be entertained as soon as the latest updates become available. Software and application updates improve upon existent functional errors and patch up vulnerabilities that can leave your device open to the threat of malware or hackers.
5. Be careful about the apps you install
Remember all the permissions you’re asked to allow for before you can proceed to installing a downloaded app? There’s a justifiable reason you have to allow the app to access your data, but this can also be misused if you’re not careful. Android users are more susceptible to malicious apps than Apple users because of Google’s more lenient vetting process and should always read up an app’s details and user reviews on in before downloading it. Also, refrain from installing apps from third-party sources.
6. Be watchful when browsing
You should take the same precautions browsing the internet on your mobile phone that you do when using the computer. Keep off malicious websites, don’t open suspicious emails or click on links included in messages from unknown sources as they can cause your device to get infected.
7. Prepare for loss/theft of your handset
Be prepared for the worst—Backup your data regularly so you still have access to valuable information and media in case you lose your handset. Make sure to lock individual apps, especially those that are linked to your bank account and can reveal personal details.
8. Properly configure your Smartphone’s BT settings
BT, though not quite as popular for data sharing as it used to be a few years ago, still needs to be configured right to protect your Smartphone. Make sure your device’s BT is ‘Non discoverable’. Also, remember to turn it off when you’re not using it.
9. Be careful with your SD/Memory card
Losing your SD/memory card can be equally as hazardous as losing your device. That it’s a tiny little thing doesn’t help the matter! The only way is to be careful not to misplace it whenever you need to remove it. If your memory card has stopped working or you’re getting a new one, make sure you destroy it. Never share the memory card with anybody unless you’re absolutely certain that everything on it is okay to be shared.
10. Be wary of Open/public Wi-Fi networks
Even though data plans have become relatively inexpensive, free Wi-Fi is still tempting. But connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi connections can also leave your open to cyber attacks. So keep your device’s Wi-Fi off whennot in use and only connect to an open/public Wi-Fi if you’re absolutely sure about its safety.
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