Mobile security matters to everyone. The sole responsibility of protecting your smartphone is yours. In order to best protect your personal data or information on your mobile phone, you need to learn to have better control over your phone’s privacy options. Whether you use an android device or iOS, we have enlisted some tips that can come handy in protecting your phone against any wrongdoing. You need to be careful against such threats like hacking or your phone being stolen for that matter. Let us look at the ways by which you can foolproof your smartphone against such unwanted issues –
- Lock your phone
The first and the foremost thing to do is to have a screen lock activated after five minutes or less in case of any inactivity. This will directly prevent the thieves from accessing it. If you are using Android smartphone, then you can select from many types of screen locks such as pattern, pin, password etc.
- Avoid saving all your passwords
Many smartphone users tend to save their passwords for online services or social media sites without paying much attention to the consequences that it can render. You must be careful against such tendencies as the passwords can be misused easily especially when it comes to banking apps or such. Never save your financial information particularly to banking.
- Lock your apps
If you are holding any private information in your apps, it is essential to keep a lock on that. You never know when your phone can’t be in safe hands and someone might be eyeing on your private information. In that case, apps like App Lock or Leo Privacy might come handy. Just lock the important apps or emails with it.
- Phone tracking app is a must
In case your device got lost or stolen, you don’t want to lose all the data in it or at least the important bits of information. This is why smartphone are traceable via GPS. You just need to have a device tracking app and GPS enabled on your phone for it. Most of these apps can track your lost phone’s location. Alternatively, if you have logged into your Google Account from your mobile device, you can locate the lost phone by logging into your Google Account.
- Beware of Wi-Fi connections
Always use a secure and known Wi-Fi connection. Especially if you are doing banking online, never do that via some insecure Wi-Fi network. Your phone is prone to transmitting information over a public network and anyone can sabotage your data or passwords. Protect your information using apps like WiFi protector which can caution you in case your phone is being attacked.
- Know your downloading source
There are many malicious apps that can steal your data in no time. So always download app from a credible source. Avoid third party app providers. This way you won’t face any alarming situation from your apps.
- Remote Wipe
This is the last and the most important feature that you need in your smartphone. If you encounter a situation where you have lost your device forever and you have no chance of getting that or your data back, nothing can be done about your device. Yet, you can avoid people using your personal information for their own benefit. There are many free apps available that facilitate remote wipe. These apps allow you to erase your data completely from a distance. In Android devices, if you have logged into your Google Account from the device, then you have an option to erase the data on your phone remotely from the Google Account Settings through a web browser by logging into your Google Account. T
- Make a backup of data
Imagine the worst case scenario and your phone has been lost or hacked. The first thing you will do is to retrieve your phone in event of hacking. Even if you do so, you can’t retrieve all the data. So in most cases, people lose all the important information. If you choose to have a backup of your important personal data on cloud storage or a flash drive, you can have peace of mind.
- Multiple accounts
If you are sharing your mobile device with other people, you can still have the full control over it by creating multiple accounts. In case of android smartphone, multiple accounts can be created by going to User tab under Settings option.
- App Permissions
If you own an android phone, you must have noticed that app permission pop up shows up while installing an app from your Google Play. It will show you the permission the app requires to run but not all of those are needed. In such event, always read the app permissions well and ensure that it makes sense. For example, a camera phone app does not require a permission to access your text messages or emails. This is an important step to ensure your mobile’s security as not all apps in the Play Store are safe.
We hope the above listed tips will come handy in protecting your phone against major and minor threats.