Smartphone these days have all our emails, contacts, saved passwords, credit card numbers and much more. In short all our personal and sensitive information is kept in our smartphones and tablets so it is important to keep them secured. There are plenty of hacking and data stealing apps available which makes your data vulnerable to hacking. You will not want to think of all the damage and crisis you’ll suffer from if someone steals this information. There are simple steps which will help you avoid such situations just act on them and make your devices more secured and protected.
- Password Protect Your Device
There are almost one third of smartphone users who go with the default swipe to unlock option and do not set a password for unlocking their home screen. If you keep your phone open to all it will attract intruders and hackers. Keep a password for screen and make sure password is difficult to guess. Latest smartphones also give the option of setting a pattern which is also good as patterns are difficult to imitate. And make sure you change your password after every few months because there might be someone who knows your password and use your cellphone when you are not around.
- Install Trusted Apps
While installing a new app we don’t consider whether it is a trusted app or not. A dangerous app can do us more harm than we can think of, they can spread malware, infect the software and some can also steal your contact list. Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Apple iTunes and Microsoft’s Windows Store offer reliable apps but third party apps can contain malicious content. To avoid accidental installation of such apps android users can block such apps by going to security settings and unchecking the “unknown sources”.
- Install Security Apps
In Android market and Apple app stores you can find a number of security apps. These apps automatically detect malicious content and codes and let you know when you are in danger. Such apps are perfect for protecting yourself from online fraud and phishing you can become victim of while downloading something. Installing these security apps should be the first thing to do when you get a new phone or tablet.
- Enable Remote Location
Smartphones and tablets often get stolen or sometimes we lose them by our own mistakes, in both the cases our tablets can get into wrong hands and our personal data can be stolen. To avoid this situation tracking apps are developed which let you track where your device is and also let you remotely delete your sensitive information. If you are using an iPhone then go to iCloud in settings and turn on “Find my iPhone.”
- Avoid Public WI-FI
While waiting at airport on sitting alone in a coffee shop, we always look for public Wi- Fi to get ourselves busy. Where these public Wi-Fi are great for passing time or doing important work while on the move, these open Wi-Fi can also pose big security threat. Hackers use these public networks to access personal information like passwords, usernames, credit card details and much more.