It is very common these days to hear of breaches in mobile security, and smartphones are like wallets, because they hold all your critical information. However, people still take their mobile security very casually, and today we’re going to go over the basic steps you need to take in order to protect your mobile and your sensitive data.
If you think your data is not worth being stolen, think again. All your images, messages, contacts and other info is valuable for hackers. There are hundreds of phones which are hacked or stoeen each day and you don’t want to be the person who acts after the fact.
A lock screen is always important
If you haven’t locked your phone, you’re just being foolish. Lock screens are the first layers of defense against unauthorized use.
Using a lock screen can be a hassle when all you need to do is check a new e-mail, but you can easily use widgets to get more info on your lockscreen. Android now has a lot of lockscreen features, giving you the ability to unlock your phone with a pattern, a pin, a fingerprint or even your face.
Not wanting to use a lock screen is like leaving the front door open for anyone to come in. Even with pincode locks, make sure you don’t pick a generic pin like 1234 or 0000.
As for passwords, typical passwords with dictionary words are unsafe. If you’ve chosen a password you should check how secure is your password.
Always keep your OS updated
Regardless of whether you’re running iOS or Android, you need to keep your phone updated with OS patches.
Most OS updates patch security flaws that hackers exploit to gain access to unprotected phones.
These updates do not also come in big iterations because, for instance, Apple pushes out the current iOS to close an issue linked with using Apple devices even in unsecured networks.
Always back up your images and videos
This is easy because phone carriers and phone manufacturers normally have an option for free over-the-air back up for the contents of your phone camera, and even your settings. The options for these will appear when the phone is set up for the first time.
When making backups, choose a trusted source like Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive for Android or OneDrive by Microsoft.
Do not use apps from unknown sources and jailbreaking is a bad idea
Generally speaking, if you don’t know what you’re doing, please don’t install APKs from unknown sources onto your Android phone. Similarly, jailbreaking your iPhone is also a pretty bad idea if you’re concerned about security.
Even if it is sometimes nice to get an app that is not from the App Store or Play Store, installing these apps will put your phone at risk. Apple, Google and Microsoft monitor the apps being offered on their own portal but you are open to malicious code when going behind them.
You should keep a record of the IMEI number
Each smart phone has its own serial number called an IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity). Unlike a lot of the stored identifying information in a phone’s SIM card, the IMEI is etched into the circuits of the phone and altering it is nearly impossible. Cell carriers keep this number on their file, and it is used to put a device on the missing list in case your phone gets stolen.
The IMEI number can be found on the box or in the settings, about menu. The IMEI number should come up if you dial *#06# as well.
Encrypt your data
If this is not a set default on your phone, doing this is going to be essential for protecting important data. This is regardless of whether they are business e-mails, banking apps or just media.
Your phone’s security is important because the amount of information found in there is enough to conduct an identity theft and in this day and age, your digital signature is you.
Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts on keeping phones secure and protected.