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Tips on How to Secure Your Phone

Dec 22, 2017 | Blog

Smartphones became a necessary part of our lives. Some might say that they are more precious than our wallet, keys or actual computers when it comes to sensitive information. We are using them not only for personal use, but also for shopping, socialising, browsing, banking, playing all kinds of games and more. While doing all of that, our accounts always stay logged in for easier use, which means whoever has access to it or try to access it, essentially has access to our whole lives too. Securing data on your smartphones is becoming more critical than securing your PC or laptop. One the most worrisome issues that can occurred is if your phone gets infected with malware, which can gain access to your smartphones via the apps you download from third-parties. Needless to say that nobody can properly protecting our own mobile phones but us.

So here are a few top-level tips and tricks that can be a guide on how to secure your phone.

1. Don’t connect to just any network you see available

No matter how free Wi-Fi seems tempting, you should always be very careful with it. Everybody connected to an open Wi-Fi network is exposed to having their data visible. Public Wi-Fi is extremely insecure, if you are in desperate need to use it try not to make any kind of transactions or transmit sensitive data while using it. You can also consider using a VPN service which can protect you against hackers while using an open network.

2. Don’t put your phone number online

Security experts will always advice you to put as little personal information on the Internet as possible. The more personal data we are putting on forums, social media, websites and such the bigger chances are of us being hacked. Even though most of the time that data is protected, it’s not always the case with all websites. Every expert will tell you to not post your cell phone number on public and easy-access websites. Don’t forget that we often use our phones to recover passwords for number of services such as Google, Twitter, Facebook and even banking apps. Posting our phone number online we are exposing ourselves to numerous of third-party attacks.

3. Use an Antivirus

If you think you are going to browse websites that may harm your device in any way, or you are simply afraid of browsing or click on unknown websites, you should have an antivirus installed as soon as possible. The same way you are protecting your PC or Laptop with any Utility programs, is the same way you should protect your smartphone too. There are all kinds of antiviruses, from free to paid ones with simple or complicated options. However in order to choose the one that best suits your needs, you should seek for some recommendations or simply ask Google.

4. Keep your phone updated

Malware attackers are constantly changing up their strategies and coming up with new ideas on how to get the most out of the damage that they make. That is why Google is continually releasing security updates to patch the latest known vulnerabilities. That being said, it is critical that we keep our smartphone devices updated with the latest patches in order to prevent any kind of possible malware attacks. If you are wondering how to do that, tap “Settings” on your phone, then check the “About phone” option and there you will find “System updates” where you can check for the latest update.

5. Lock your phone

Even though this is something that is a common thing to do, but there are too many users that are fooling around with unlocked handsets because they’d rather not hassle with a passcode. I agree that any kind of PIN’s, passwords or verification codes are annoying, especially when you are in a hurry and you have to do it all the time, this is still something that is a basic security step that we all have to take. A pattern as a lock screen security seem convenient, but it’s not as secure as a PIN, fingerprint or face recognition scanner. When it comes to passwords, there is an important thing that you should know which is the longer the password is the harder it will be for hackers to crack it. Best passwords are valued by their length and not by how many random characters or numbers you put in. There is also an option where you can set the time on your password lock or simply set the time which your phone will automatically lock it while you are not using it.