Smartphones are one of basic needs of modern civilization. Earlier it was the only medium of communication, but now it is even more than that. We all use mobile phones to store our personal and sensitive information. Possibly your phone may know your top secret information like credit card details or password of social sites and lots of other details. But have you ever thought what will happen if your phone’s data get in wrong hands or it gets stolen? By the way, in such situation, some smart phone security tips may be beneficial.
Seeing lots of cases of data theft nowadays, we are presenting some common but useful tips to protect your data, because it’s your right to maintain your privacy.
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Use decent antivirus and regularly update your smartphone.
Antivirus is the first app you should install after buying your new Smartphone. Because Virus, Spyware, Adware, and Malware are one of the biggest threat to data safety. It’s true that thousands of Spyware and Malicious apps are hidden on the internet which is major cause for smart phone security risks. Malicious apps are specially designed by hackers to steal personal data. These malicious programs not only disclose your privacy but they can erase or delete your data. You can permanently lose your important files.
If you are using Android platform it becomes more important for you, because virus attack is comparatively easier in Android devices as compared to blackberry or iOS. You can use free antivirus like Avast or AVG for primary protection.
Many times it is seen that people do not update operating system until they do not start facing difficulties in running apps which is not a good practice. You should always grab the latest version of your OS because the new version of all operating systems includes security updates also. Some OS automatically notify you about version update but you should manually check for updates time to time.
Not only OS, you should always update apps related to money transaction, social sites, antivirus etc. Because all antivirus apps regularly release updates related to malware definition and many banking apps fix their security issues in upcoming versions or updates.
It may be the inconvenience for you to enter a password each time you use a phone. But you should always lock our phone using the strong password because it is not possible that your device is always with you especially if it is lost or stolen. You can also use pattern lock feature which is also very effective in such situation.
If you have more than one social account, do not use the same password. You can also set content filters to prevent installation of unwanted apps by anybody else in your Smartphone.
For additional benefits and features like fingerprint unlocking, face unlocking, Parental controls, Uninstall prevention and much more, you can try very useful apps like Android Device Manager, app locker, and hexlock for android phones and iCloud for iPhone.
Install trusted and approved apps
You should always download and install safe, trusted and approved apps in your Smartphone. It is generally safe to download apps from iTunes or Google play store because they take care of security and eliminate malicious content whereas other sites are not too active about user’s safety.
Suspicious apps and games are huge security threats to mobile devices. That’s why avoid installing apps and especially games from unknown sources. If it is still necessary, read a review of a file you are going to download at least once. You should never trust any app or website which demands your bank or credit card details.
When we install any app, a list of permissions encounters but generally people ignore it and tap on install option without reading permissions. It may put you at risk of data loss. You should always carefully read permissions and ignore apps showing nonsense permissions. It may be even your favorite game too.
You can use MyPermissions app to get alerted when any app tries to access your personal data. It helps to remove harmful content from your phone.
Nowadays people used to root android phones or jailbreak iPhones. Which allows you to install unapproved applications on your device. If you do not have sufficient knowledge about rooting or jailbreaking then it may be dangerous. Rooting will put you into serious security risks because it breaks your operating system and avails its source code. This makes it much easier for malicious programs to access your device. Even if you are expert in rooting and jailbreaking, you must take care.
So think at least twice before installing apps from untrusted source, ignoring permissions or altering your smart devices.
Encrypt and secure your connections.
We all use public WIFI for downloading large files, of course, because it is free of cost. But using any unsecured or open WIFI may put your privacy and private data at risk. You may be the easy victim of hackers if you used to connect to such WIFI.
You must avoid conducting banking transactions and other important works over a public WIFI network. Because many times hackers used to setup WIFI hotspot in public places by intention to cheat people by using their technical knowledge.
If still it necessary to connect to an unsafe WIFI hotspot, you must be equipped with a shield called VPN (Virtual Private Network). VPN services encrypt your connections and data travel through the virtual private tunnel, which makes it difficult to steal data. We recommended using VPN services even when you are using your own data connection.
But choosing any free VPN randomly may put you at more risk. You must properly investigate about its services before using it. To get more details, you can read our review on top 5 free and paid VPN tools.
Always disable Bluetooth and WIFI hotspot, when you are not using it. Do not forget to use a password in your hotspot to prevent unauthorized access.
Track phone and Remotely Wipe memory
If your Smartphone is stolen or accidentally lost, you must track and remotely erase phone’s memory to prevent data theft. It is like self-destruction mode which prevents thief to access your data. Many OS provides a built-in feature to remotely lock your phone with a strong and hard to crack the password.
Android users can wipe out all private data and memory directly from google play store without using any app. Windows users can do same from WindowsPhone.com, iPhone users can use Find My iPhone app and Blackberry users can try Blackberry Protect app.
You can also easily and accurately track your phone’s location using Global Positioning System (GPS). For tracking purpose My Phone app and Theft Aware app may be beneficial.
So now when you know that your data is not safe in your Smartphone and painfully you may have to delete it anytime. It’s better to take a backup of your all important files in cloud storage sites like Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox. But you should always disable auto data uploading option. To know which cloud storage service suits you, we recommend to read top 7 cloud storage and file syncing services.
We all know prevention is better than cure. So take care of your smartphone to protect your privacy before it is too late. We hope these smart phone security tips helped you lot to understand data security risks and methods to prevent yourself from doing such mistake which would put you into trouble.