Smartphone Security

However, there is a greater vulnerability associated with this elevated utility. When you have an abundance of personal and other information in your device, your phone becomes a target, and while the bad guys step up their efforts to infiltrate it, the good guys step up to keep the bad guys out. You’ve probably read a lot about hackers and your computer’s security, but for some reason, most people don’t really care about smartphone security.

Perhaps because it is nothing like a traditional hard drive where you store all of your documents, pictures, videos, etc., but today’s hyperactive smartphone users store a lot of information that is very sensitive. and that others, like hackers, would like to take it when you surf the web at Starbucks.

Fortunately, smartphone security is becoming increasingly important and you can take various measures to keep your smartphone from being hacked. The same steps that you take to protect your computer can also be used to protect your smartphone.

Avoid rooting

Avoid trying to Jailbreak or Rooting Your Smartphone.

If you really know what you are doing and are jailbreaking or rooting your phone for fun and pleasure, this is good for you but if you want to do this because you heard about it on the news and you want to be “free” of the restrictions and limitations, you need to avoid the process altogether.

First, it can mess your phone and it can cause you more heartache than happiness. Second, you will not be able to update your phone with the latest operating system updates because it is in an unsupported mode.

Yes, you can install some apps and adjust settings that you wouldn’t otherwise have. However, it does mean that you are downloading apps that may also contain malware. You already have this problem on Android because the content in the App Store is not as restrictive as it is on Apple. That brings us to the next point.

Double-check downloads

Be careful with the apps you install.

This is especially important on Android devices. Google recently removed 50,000 suspected malware apps. There will be no shortage of apps that contain malware, viruses, or other sneaky software to steal your data or harm your phone.

Apple reviews every app before it’s listed in the store and periodically removes apps from the store that are found to violate store policies.

This is fine if you hate Apple, but the point is, if you have an Android device, you need to be extra careful when downloading apps. Check the reviews, see if they have a website, search google by the name of the app, etc.

Use a Passcode Everywhere.

Whether you have an Android phone or an iPhone, you can prevent access to your device by adding a password or lock pattern for Android. This simple security measure can prevent confidential information from being seen by others.

This is especially important if you’ve installed several apps that store personal information, such as B. Finance apps (Mint, banking apps, etc.), journal apps (DayOne), note-taking apps (Evernote), etc. With some of these apps like Mint and DayOne, you can add a password especially for this app, which I always use in addition to the password to protect the home screen.

The home screen password is important as many email apps (Mail on iPhone and Gmail on Android) don’t even have the option to encrypt your email. Email can contain a lot of private information. Since most people go to parties with their phones on tables and counters, it is very easy for someone to look around your stuff.

Protect Your iCloud & Google Account.

The second thing most people don’t realize is that someone who can access your iCloud or Google account can access a lot of data that you can create and edit from your smartphone. During these times, it will be necessary to enable two-step verification for these two accounts.

It’s pretty ridiculous, but your Apple ID basically controls access to all of the Apple services that currently exist from iTunes to iCloud, FaceTime to iMessage, etc., etc. If someone can access your Apple ID, it can destroy your Apple life, including deleting it. Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac remotely.

It’s pretty much the same problem with Google. Your Google account basically connects you to all Google services from YouTube to Gmail, including Google Play, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Picasa and Google+, etc.

Apps are safer than browsers

Use an App Instead of the Browser.

If you’re doing phone banking, stock trading, or anything else that carries sensitive information between your phone and the internet, it is better to use an official app for that website or company than it is to open it up to the internet. with your phone’s browser.

For example, Chase, Bank of America, Vanguard, ScottTrade, Mint, and many other major financial institutions have their own apps for iOS and Android. Secure connections are also supported in smartphone browsers. However, you are a little more secure when you get an official app with additional security features.

Control what an app can access.

Chances are you’ve seen the following message on your iPhone a hundred times: There are all kinds of messages that AppName wants to access your data. Data can be photos, locations, contacts, etc., etc. Always be careful and don’t click OK all the time. If you keep clicking something, it is best to choose “Don’t Allow”. If you really can’t use the app later, you can go back and edit it manually to allow access. Most of these requests are very legitimate and do not harm, but you’d better be careful.

It’s even worse on Android as some apps ask for permissions to everything, even if they don’t need them. This Lifehacker article shows you how to protect yourself from Android apps that are using too many permissions. There are a lot more permissions on Android than iOS too, so if you’re an Android user you need to be more careful here too.

Update the OS.

Just as you need to keep installing Microsoft security updates for your PC, it’s a good idea to get the latest updates for your smartphone. You can wait a few days and make sure that there are no major issues with the update such as reduced battery life, etc. However, if nothing comes out, update the update on the phone.

In addition to updating the operating system, it is also a good idea to update the apps installed on your phone. These updates may contain new features, but many of them are bug fixes, performance updates, and security updates.

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