With the plethora of benefits they provide to users, Smartphones have become ubiquitous and a necessity to our modern way of life. Smartphones let you communicate, share photos, videos, and messages instantly to contacts anywhere in the world, pay your bills, book tickets, and many more all with a simple snap of fingers.
The technological advances have further powered the mobile devices with innumerable capabilities which are increasing day by day. While the features are spectacular, the immense information they contain makes them prone to security risks. When they fall into the wrong hands or become damaged due to virus or malware, you certainly can be in great jeopardy. With Hacking & Ransomware cases at an all time high, it is very essential to Secure & Protect Your Personal Data on Your Mobile Device.
So, to ensure your smartphone is safe and secure and continues to provide you its benefits in full, you need to have the proper safeguards in place. Here are 5 hot tips that will ensure your mobile device is fully protected.
Tip# 1: Keep an updated device
Ensure you have an updated version of operating system, web browser and apps and security software to pose a strong defense against any threat, virus or malware. And most of the apps you download serve only a specific purpose. If the purpose is served and you don’t need an app, delete it. This will free up space and also keep your device clean.
Tip# 2: Safeguard sensitive information
- Use strong passcodes, passwords and features like touch identification for locking your device.
- Information about the sites you visit and shop, your address, etc.,are full of value. You need to be careful as to who collects the information and the way it is collected. So, use privacy settings and security cover for apps and websites.
- The Wi-Fi signal is used by some locations and stores to know your movements when you are within a specific range. So, keep the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned off when they are not used.
Tip# 3: Establish safe connections
Using public Wi-Fi networks or hotspots which are not secure can make you vulnerable to hacking. Anyone can access whatever you are browsing or shopping with your device. Avoid logging in to your bank website or main email account when you use such public networks. Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or your own mobile hotspot for a secure connection.
Tip# 4: Respond cautiously
When you are in doubt about the genuineness of a message, call or voicemail, it is best to not respond. Requests for immediate action or personal information should be avoided in your mobile just as you do with your email.
Tip# 5: Download safely
Even if your mobile device has virus protection, it is not as potent as the antivirus in your computer. So when you download files or apps, they may have viruses or malware that can steal all your sensitive information. Use an Android checkup application or use only trusted sources for downloading to ensure a safe download.
Having a proper backup of data in your phone is necessary. Doing so, you can wipe all information in your device if it is compromised at any point. There is nothing like too much security. Don’t neglect security risks and suffer later because of it. Make sure you keep your device’s security updated always.