With the incessant rise in smartphone technology come newer problems wherein hackers are finding novel ways to hack into your phone and steal valuable data. Gone are the days when somebody had to physically access your phone in order to get the data. But today the unscrupulous elements can steal your data via an app, unsecured Wi-Fi connection, via phishing messages, malware and so on. It is better to be safe now than sorry later.
Here are some of the ways in which you can safeguard your smartphone:
• Avoid physical access to your phone for strangers
There are a lot of situations wherein your phone can fall into the wrong hands. A little bit of prudence on your side can save you a lot of trouble later. Secure your phone with a hard to guess password. As far as possible do not leave your phone unattended even for a short duration of time in public places like restaurants, clubs, metros, libraries, etc. Today’s smartphones come with advanced unlocking ways like voice recognition, iris recognition, fingerprint scanning and so on. Benefit from them to secure your phone.
• Activate the phone tracker feature
Today all smartphones by default come with a phone tracker feature. If in case your smartphone does not have one then you can always download the app and install it. When your phone is lost or stolen then you can view its real-time location. You can also have all the data wiped out remotely in case you realize that your phone has fallen into the wrong hands.
• Have the latest version of Android
Google is regularly releasing newer versions of the Android Operating System. Every new version of Android comes with its own added security and safety features. Thus it pays to update your smartphone OS and get the newest version. Most phones automatically let you upgrade to the latest version provided you have not turned that option off on your phone.
• Download apps prudently
Within the burgeoning app ecosystem it is sometimes tough to readily verify the credibility of an app. But do take the time to ensure that a particular app is not a masquerade for a sinister malware to gain access to your phone. Also be cautious when granting permission for any app to the features on your phone. If an app asks permission to access features on your phone that are totally irrelevant to what the app does then flag it immediately for further investigation.
• Beware of clickbait gimmicks
A lot of emails, text messages and other communication channels are rife with lurking entities trying to gain confidential information from you by luring you to click on some link offering irresistible deals. Some even mask themselves as authentic portals like your bank, Credit Card Company, etc. Thus any suspicious looking piece of communication should be carefully dealt with.
• Avoid using unsecured Wi-Fi
Did you know that hackers can gain access to your private data via an unsecured Wi-Fi network? As far as possible use your phone’s cellular internet network for all important and confidential online work like banking transactions, shopping from ecommerce sites and so on. Use Wi-Fi networks only if it is password protected and you are assured of the security of the network.