10 Tips to Secure Your Mobile Device
Indeed you lock the door of your house when you go to sleep, and you need to be sure. However, we use our mobile devices daily, and in most cases, we do not have them as protected as we should.
And even more so considering that they store personal photos, bank details, contact details of our family and friends, email, social network accounts. The lack of security attracts hackers to steal vital and susceptible information. And the attackers are updated, so it is straightforward to fall into the trap.
If you need some facts, 95% of mobile threats are Trojans, and over 98% of mobile banking attacks target Android devices (since it’s the most popular mobile platform).
It is concerned about security, and your safety is our peace of mind. That is why today, we will try to help you have a smartphone that is not easy to enter. Put the following tips into practice!
Install Only Safe Apps
Almost every phone has a setting that allows you to verify apps before downloading them. However, it’s best to stick to the Apple, Google Play, or Microsoft stores (or official sources) rather than other app providers. Before installing any app, read reviews to ensure you don’t add anything suspicious to your device and don’t permit them to do things you don’t want them to do on your phone.
Pay Attention to Passwords
It is always necessary to use a password to unlock the device (four digits or security pattern). Better use biometrics (facial recognition or fingerprint). Hide notifications on the locked screen. Choose complex patterns (change them repeatedly) and do not always use the same password.
In this aspect, you should also ensure that your mobile is automatically unlocked.
Bluetooth Always Off
Please turn it on only when you are going to share information. The Universal Unique Identifier number can appear on other devices; from it, they can access your private information.
Be careful what WiFi network you connect to
Perhaps it is better at some point to use the data. We are too used to using networks in cafes, bars, airports, or museums; these networks are very vulnerable to attackers.
Almost daily, your mobile device requests software updates that, in most cases, we ignore. It is always recommended to install Grave errors because they include security improvements.
It is something that almost no one does, and it can solve many problems for us in the event of a theft or loss of our smartphone. You can download everything to an external hard drive or upload it to the cloud (we recommend the first option). They say the biggest problem with backups is that you only remember them when needed.
Avoid Text Messages
The old SMS is no longer used as much (we prefer Whatsapp); however, be careful not to send confidential data or crucial private information through this method because they are an easy target for malware.
The lock icon in your browser’s address bar indicates that you are on a secure and trusted page. Check that the icon exists when you make purchases through your mobile or send emails, for example.
You can also use the anonymous browsing method (just like on the computer) so that your mobile does not save the information of the websites you go through.
Install an antivirus
It is an essential option on our computer that few take into account for their mobile. Install one on your device (although you should remember that it is not a foolproof tool). Both free and paid programs on the market can quickly deal with any threat.
Don’t Buy Just Any Phone
We usually are guided by price, trends, or any other factor, but he recognizes that few people ask about security when making this purchase. Choose a brand that is committed to the protection and offers regular updates.
Clean your mobile
We often download apps or games because we urgently need them or want to try them, leaving them installed on our mobile without using them. It is best from time to time to “clean” our device to have the least number of applications installed.
Always remember that free is not better and often serves as a hook to send malicious software.
To solve this type of problem, you have tools on the Internet that will make your life easier, such as password managers, two-step verification apps, stolen or lost mobile locators, application protectors, encrypters, permission controllers, tracker blockers, etc., etc.
In reality, absolute security does not exist, although it is true that we can do a lot to reduce risks to an acceptable margin. As you know, it is always at your disposal to help you increase the security of your smartphone.