Our smartphones hold so much of our precious and sensitive information. But with more than 5 billion smartphone users worldwide, hackers are taking advantage.
Apple and Android are the most used smartphone operating systems in the world. Apple is famous for high security, but lacks options for customization. Android is a more ‘open’ system, but means that means it’s more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Follow these 3 easy steps for the best mobile device security and keep your information safe.
1. Update Your Operating Systems
The first step is to make sure your phone has received an update to the latest operating system.
This will help make your phone run faster if you find it’s been slow. Also, phones that are out of date are a lot more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Any apps you have on your phone should get an upgrade to the latest version too.
To do this, go into your settings and look for the operating system. If there’s no update, congrats! You’re up to date.
To update apps, go into the Google Play or Apple App store and there’s a section dedicated to updates.
2. Install a Reliable Anti-virus
It’s not only your laptop that needs an anti-virus, your phone does too. This is especially so for Android phones.
Some Androids come with a pre-installed anti-virus, but it never hurts to be too safe.
Most anti-virus software is free or at least very cheap. Software like Avast scans your device for vulnerabilities and helps block any attackers.
It also scans apps and files for corruptions or viruses they may contain.
Also, make sure you only download applications and games from reputable sources. Only get them from the Google Play or Apple Store. Third-party apps can hide viruses or gain access to sensitive files.
3. Be Careful When Using Your Phone
There are ways you can protect your phone by being cautious of the way you use it.
Beware of open Wifi networks. It can be great to see free Wifi, but they aren’t often secure and could leave you open for an attack.
Make sure you use strong passwords for all your accounts. Use passwords containing capitals, number and special characters for extra security.
If your phone has broken and is now, your data may still be at risk. Recover your data from your phone and wipe the phone completely.
Limit what you post online. Enhance your privacy settings on social media. Be cautious with location tagging, and be wary with the sites you use. Some sites can expose your email or phone number without you even knowing about it.
This could be all a hacker needs to gain access to your information.
You Are on Your Way to Strong Mobile Device Security
Our phones are a part of our daily lives, so of course, we need to keep them safe. These 3 simple mobile device security tips will help keep your phone safe and secure.
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