Smartphone Protection: What Every User Needs to Know

In this current mobile society where smartphones are as common as bags and shoes, it’s important to know how to safeguard it – beyond phone gears such as Nokia Lumia 920 Accessories or Samsung Galaxy covers that protect only the physical aspects of the phone, learn how to prevent identity theft or loss of valuable data as well.

Protect Your Phone

Every time a phone gets stolen, hundreds of user data are compromised: from bank account details to social network contacts, and even residence locations. Present smartphone models (like the new iPhone 5s) are so advanced that fingerprint technology could be used to lock/unlock the phone. Just because this feature seems very secure doesn’t mean a user should be so lax. Both iOS and Android users should take note of proper safety tips to secure content on their smartphones.

Lock and Load

Make use of a smartphone’s security features. For models utilizing PIN’s or pass codes, key in a six to eight digit code that doesn’t include generic responses such as names, birthdays or car plate numbers. While most people find it easier to setup a four-digit password, it’s better to have something longer (don’t write it anywhere that could be seen easily by others though). Make use of alphanumeric and special characters for extra security.

Watch that Wireless

Wireless connectivity features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS are standard to smartphones and therefore, could also be methods by which malicious data are sent or received. Be sure to turn these off when not in use. Hackers are known to pool in crowded areas like cafes or bus terminals, just waiting for an unknowing device to be infiltrated so always be wary of unexpected attacks.

Root No More

‘Rooting’ is a popular process which includes modifying the file system to allow Android users access to read-only files of the operating system (OS). This lets them run special applications or backup the entire structure. Take note that although this process has its advantages, it’s best done by experts and could actually open up the device to threats. Some Android phones have an automatic ‘wipe-all’ function which clears sensitive data before rooting; but it’s still advisable not to do this unless necessary.

Smartphone Security

Caution on Applications

Apps are what make smartphones indispensable – from social networking to gaming; there are apps for almost everything these days. While it’s so tempting to simply download one off the bat, it’s crucial to exercise caution when approving permission. Go through the list and read each one, just to be safe. If something seems illogical or suspicious, cancel the download.

Secure the Software

Just as a desktop PC is naked without antivirus software, the same is true for a smartphone. There are plenty of free and trusted antivirus apps out there that include additional features like tracking for lost/stolen phones, remote locking, and even total data wipe-out in case the phone is irretrievable. Last tip: ensure that the software is up-to-date.

Never underestimate how smart hackers and thieves can be. When it comes to smartphone security, ‘safety first’ should be a priority.

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