5 Tips for Locking Down your Mobile’s Security

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Whether it’s an Android or an iPhone or even a Windows Phone, the likelihood is that the device you own is close to your heart – and that you are worried about how secure it is. Every single day we hear about a new threat or a new bug that can compromise just about everything we hold deal. Of course there are some users who are more secure than others, and that is only because they cultivate good digital habits and make sure that they stay out of harm’s way. You can do it too, here’s how:

 

  • Lock it up. Make sure that you use ample amount of security on your phone. If you have a lot of pictures then get an app that locks up access to them. If you often leave your phone unwatched or sitting at your desk at work then add a pin code or any other biometric locks you have as options. In case you lose your phone or it is stolen you won’t be worrying about what is going to happen to the data that’s on it. Additionally, no one can install spyware on your phone without you looking. From employers to jilted lovers, just about everything is doing it. In some cases parents have even been known to do it to their kids.

  • Look for clues that the website you are using is secure. Most of the threats that make their way into a phone or any device really is through the internet connection. That’s where viruses and malware find a travel route. But you can take this risk down by a whole lot if you can just keep a check on the website that you are planning on trusting. For instance, websites that are accompanied with a small padlock in the address bar and start with HTTPS instead of just HTTP, will rarely give you problems. There is a chance that they could themselves be compromised (a very small chance) but they won’t ever compromise you or your data.

  • Make sure that you have remote access to your phone. If you can remote lock and remote wipe the data on the phone then even if it is stolen it won’t be much of a problem for you. Additionally, if you can enable the find your phone option then in case you do lose it or it gets stolen you can always go home and try to figure out where it is. There are programs that will actually let you do this, so it’s as simple as installing an app.

  • Don’t buy apps from third party websites. That means that you should always and only stick to apps found on the official Play Store or the App Store etc. the reason for this is that third party apps, even when they aren’t trying to be malicious, cannot be trusted to be able to manage their own databases. There have been cases where a harmless app has been the cause of actual carnage because it took information that it should not have had.

  • Ignore free Wi-Fi connections. Sure it can save you a lot of money if you didn’t use your own data plan to surf the net, but you don’t know who’s controlling the free connection and what information they could be stealing from you.

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