Security advice for Smartphone Users 

Security advice for Smartphone Users 

It is 2016 and there are now more phones in the world than computers. Everybody has a smartphone. Unfortunately, if your phone can browse the web and check email, you might face same  malicious attacks. Beware of them. Here are some basic tips to secure your smartphones.

Keep your system updated

An updated mobile operating system allows you to enjoy the latest and greatest features while protecting your information. Get rid of security holes or vulnerabilities by maintaining updated software on your smartphone.

Install a security application

As your mobile device functions more like a mini computer, it becomes a more attractive target for hackers or thieves. A reliable security app like 360 Security, Avira Antivirus Security, etc. safeguards your data, protects against threats and locates your lost or stolen phone.

Always secure your smartphone with a password

One of the most basic security tips, but one which is sometimes completely overlooked! Having no access protection at all is just foolish. Swipe patterns are ok, but greasy finger-trails could reveal too much. A four-digit PIN is an improvement but using a strong passcode is the ideal phone protection.

Watch where you click and land

The mobile threats you’re most likely to face are scams and phishing attacks that will attempt to steal credit card information. Social engineering methods would be used to lure you into clicking on malicious links. Always check to see if a website starts with “https” before you enter sensitive information.

Avoid shopping or banking on a public network

Keep in mind that the public Wi-Fi that your phone is connected to might not be secure. Limit your activity to browsing and avoid committing any transaction that involves your account information.

Make it a habit to check each app’s data access on your phone

Some applications may have access to your data or personal information. Be wary of the access that is outside of the scope or purpose of the applications. A game application doesn’t need access to SMS (read, write and send), calling, phonebook entries and system files. If game wants all the access, get a little suspicious. If you have any doubt about an application, do not install it.

Get applications from trusted source

Part of the fun in having a smartphone is having an app for everything. There are plenty of applications out there, and some are offered through independent, unmonitored channels. Stick to app stores when you can. If you are downloading an app from a third party, do a little research to make sure the app is reputable.

by Sanjay K Bissoyi

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