A huge chunk of our lives are dedicated towards using our smartphones or tablets as compared to the bulky computers of the past.
As our devices and gadgets evolve, so do we and so does the hackers that may threaten our digital security. With the vast amount of information that is easily accessible through a simple click or swipe away, it is essential that the devices we purchase have certain features prepared to combat the threats that are out there. However, those wanting to infiltrate the security of our devices are always improving and we can never be sure if we are truly safe from them.
Although it may be considered a one way fight, we as users can always pick up certain practices on how to maintain a secured and protected digital presence.
1) Set-Up a Lock
It may come as a surprise, but not everyone has a lock set in place for their smartphones. Reports also show that up to a third of smartphone users do not practice this.
It is as simple as it gets as every smartphone nowadays has initiative set up for users to do so. You can always lock your device with a pin code, or swipe pattern; users can also rely on fingerprint or facial recognition for that extra touch of security.
2) Refrain from Jailbreaks
Jailbreaking my open up a world of possibilities but it may open up a world of unexpected possibilities as well. Major manufacturers advise against as it will usually invalidate your device’s warranty and expose it to unnecessary risks.
3) Apps from the Offical Store Only
Combine a jailbroken phone with a fishy and unofficial app store can lead to problems as apps there don’t go through the various processes needed to make sure it’s not malicious. Official stores regularly remove dangerous apps, keep in mind that unofficial app stores don’t and you can only trust yourself to believing what is safe and what is not.
4) Security Software
People tend to consider their smartphone to being a personal computer then a phone. Whatever the reason, smartphones are similar to PCs and laptops as they are both susceptible to attacks. Reputable softwares like Malwarebytes could save you from ever running into software issues or problems as such.
5) Be Sceptical
Phishing scams exists all around and comes in various forms. Educate yourself and your loved ones to be wary of these kinds of threats and links as there’s no going back after being “phished” in.
6) Don’t doubt what others can do
With a little research and planning, the security of your device cannot only be ensured but also be enhanced. You never know how the hackers are improving; so, by implementing various precautions such as these, you’ll be ready to deal with anything that does come up.