Odds are you’re probably reading this blog post on your smartphone. Seventy-seven percent of the population now own a smartphone and use it on a daily basis. With so many people accessing, searching and downloading things on their smartphones, are we really using the same caution and protection we would use when it comes to our computers? Here are a few tips to start better protecting your smartphone from things like data theft, malware and privacy invasion.
Needed Protection: You may be wondering what exactly needs to be protected when it comes to your smartphone. That can be broken down into three categories.
- Device Protection – Apple offers Activation Lock, Android has Factory Reset Protection, and Samsung has Reactivation Lock. In case your phone was ever stolen, this kind of protection would wipe all information and data from your phone, which is beneficial if you utilize mobile or online banking.
- Data Protection – This protection was designed to keep work information from being spread to your personal apps from your place of employment.
- App-Management Security – Having login information, credit card information and other personal information within apps should be protected from falling into the wrong hands. App-management security does just that.
Trusted Apps: Not all apps are created equal. Since it’s becoming increasingly easier for third-parties to create apps, this means there are more apps out than ever before. One way to help protect yourself is to only download apps from a trusted app store. You should also review existing apps’ privacy policies and settings for permissions.
Public Wi-Fi: One thing you should know is public Wi-Fi is generally not secure! Hackers can get in-between you and the Wi-Fi connection point, and when you’re submitting information on your phone you’re actually sending it to the hacker. It’s recommended to protect yourself using a VPN, which encrypts your data, essentially scrambling the information.
Jailbreaking Phones: While it may be nice to customize and format your phone without the factory standard, you’re actually setting your phone up for several security risks. One of those risks is Malware and loss of personal information.