Cell phone security is the last thing on most people minds, but in today’s tech-savvy society, keeping your smartphone data safe is just as important as securing your desktop or laptop computer.
Given the fact that we use our phones for everything from sending emails to online banking and casino games, the risk of identity theft and stolen credit card info is extremely high. Malware is another big issue, and with hacking incidents becoming more commonplace, the focus on cyber security has increased tenfold.
We take a look at a few tips to help keep your device safe from cyber-attacks.
Keep Your Device Updated
It may seem tedious at the time, but updating your device is one of the simplest ways to protect your phone from interference. Operating system updates are specifically designed to close any loopholes that hackers use to access your device. By updating regularly, you add that extra level of security.
Use a Passcode
While this might only apply to a small section of the smartphone community, we cannot stress the importance of using a passcode or screen lock. Make your passcode unique and avoid using your birth date or pet name. The best way to go is to use a fingerprint lock, as this also means that no one can see your code over your shoulder and be tempted to steal your phone.
Set Up Remote Wipe
This feature can be activated on all leading smartphones and tablets. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot locate your phone, you can use the remote wipe feature to completely wipe all the information on your phone as soon as it connects to the Internet. It is also possible to use this feature to locate your phone if the location mode is activated.
Vet Your Apps
Most mobile apps are developed by honest, entrepreneurs trying to make a living. However, there are plenty of apps out there with malicious intent. Before downloading any app, be sure to read the reviews and check the honest feedback by previous customers. Don’t fall victim to fake apps that hack your phone because you didn’t read the comments.
Check your Permissions
When installing a new app, the app will require permission to access certain parts of your phone such as the storage, camera, photos or contacts. Depending on the type of app, this is normal. For the larger, more secure apps, this is part and parcel of app development. However, if you download a simple camera app and it asks for permissions completely unrelated, a red flag should go off in your brain. Rather be safe than sorry and can the app before any damage is done.
Log out After Using Online Services
Smartphones and tablets are great for accessing online services at home or on the go. The problem is that most people forget to log out when they are done. Whether it is a Facebook account, email account or any other online service, always ensure you are fully logged out when done. If not, fraudsters can hack your phone and easily pick up where you left off. It only takes a second to log out and will add another layer of security to your device.
Be Wary of Wi-Fi
Connecting to a wireless hotspot is a great way to save data charges. However, public Wi-Fi is the number one access point for cyber-attacks. Before connecting to a network, make sure you know the details of where you are connecting and the source. A popular trick is to set up a twin network that looks the same a familiar one prompting you to input your passwords.
Hackers then use this information to access your accounts. A good tip is to ensure that your Wi-Fi settings are not set to automatic. If this setting is turned on, your device will automatically connect to any available open network.
Keeping your smartphone safe from cyber attacks can be simple, and if you follow these tips you’re well on your way to securing you device.