There’s no doubt that you’ve already put most of your life on your smartphone. Apart from just calling or texting, you now send emails, browse websites, do online transactions, watch YouTube videos or what not? Those abilities have made the smartphones almost equal to your personal computer or laptop, and just like those devices, vulnerable to hack.
There are so many data-stealing malicious websites and apps that hackers love to cook up. Even if you don’t install any malevolent apps, you have to face those snooping friends or even your family members picking up your phone and looking up your messages or apps. Even a thief can easily pick your phone from your pocket or table if you’re in a restaurant.
So, it’s important for you to ensure the security of your smartphone, and trust me this is not as difficult as you think. Just follow some simple steps and ensure the data safety of your smartphone.
Make your phone password protected:
This is the most basic rule to protect your smartphone, yet most of the people forget to do it. Whether it’s Android, iOS or Windows phone all smartphones come with an option to set a password or pattern, even finger lock system. From those, you can set your preferred password options to protect your phones from others.
Make a back up of your data:
Your phone can be stolen, damaged or you can even sell your old smartphones, and it’s important that you back up all your essential information stored in your phone. Backing up your data could save you from great hassles when your phone is lost or broken. There are so many free cloud services you can use to back up your data, and those services are pretty secured. Also, do wipe out all your information when you’re about to sell your old smartphone.
Be careful while using public Wi-Fi:
Most of us find it smart and cost effective to use public Wi-Fi to save our mobile data. Meals can be completed if we don’t take any selfies and post on the social media. Some people even do online transactions using public Wi-Fi. These practices make smartphones extremely vulnerable to data breach. Those networks are hackers’ favorite to snoop for valuable information. So, next time you do any online transaction using public Wi-Fi, don’t get surprised if your credit card number is hacked.
Download only trusted apps:
You can’t think of a smartphone without some amazing apps in it. Starting from your maintaining your daily routine to track your workout, there’s an app for everything. However, are you sure all those amazing apps you’ve downloaded are from trusted source? If your answer is no, you might be in a grave danger. Apps those aren’t downloaded from trusted source can be full of malware, thus make your phone vulnerable to attack. Make sure you’re downloading your apps from Apple’s App Store or Google Play Store to lower the risk. Also, check ratings and reviews of those apps before you hit the download button.
Log out from websites while you’re done:
You may use your smartphone for online shopping or any banking purpose. But, make sure you log out when you’re done. Most of the online businesses store card information used for online transaction for convenience. Logging out from those websites could prevent someone else to access our information from there.
You may wonder why I am telling you about such precautions. Everyone knows this. Yes, but not everyone is following those. These are pretty simple rules yet forgotten by most people. So, if you want to keep your smartphone safe and secure, try to do these practices.