8 tips to keep your smartphone and data safe from malware
8 tips to keep your data safe from malware
Since we now rely on our phones more than ever before, personally or professionally it is also necessary to do the best by protecting it as well as our data and stay safe from malware.
Yeah, like most of us use nice and fitted case for our smartphones and a tampered screen guard which we believe may reduce the chance of hardware or some outer part of our phones from damaging when hit on the floor mistakenly, but not considering the essential data and information which could be private that can fall into the wrong hands if your device is stolen or damaged without a backup.
Remember, some malicious software can claim to be good apps to phishing scams, having access to digital eavesdropping on public Wi-Fi hotspots through your inbox, exposing your data while you still have your smartphone at hand and maybe thinking everything is still normal without knowing your device is more at risk than ever before.
Having seen such a problem, we have compiled this simple guard to help you safeguard your smartphone and your data as well which is highly necessary now both online and outside the internet.
Remember, you do not need to be a computer guru before you can safeguard your information and data and stay safe from malware.
Using a smartphone or not the following tips suggested below which we often see as not important can help in keeping cyber-criminals out of your data.
- Remember to always backup: Backing up your phone’s files like important photos, videos, contacts, conversations and others before you lose or damage your device is very important and can have you get back your data even after such incident. always do something to protect your precious files before it’s too late. You can use external Hard-disk or cloud for iPhone users connect it to iTunes and backup even on a daily basis.
- Use unpredictable pass-code: Using a strong password or code, pattern or even bio-metrics lock for some supported devices can help keep someone from accessing your data without your concern and keeps you safe from malware. Avoid setting up your applications to log in automatically when your password is an option, as some gurus may guess your phone’s pattern or PIN, and can have access to your privacy.
- Be app-savvy: Here we recommend you download only apps from trusted and legit sources. Always stick with official stores like App Store or Google Play, go to comments side and read from previous users before you download to confirm it is good enough for use. Always read the app permissions to know what it has access to and avoid rushing into accepting the terms and conditions without knowing is what you are giving out worth it.
Be smart enough: Be smart enough to delete suspicious text messages or emails from people you don’t know or platforms you don’t trust. Avoid calling all unknown numbers, clicking web links you don’t know or replying a text from an unknown source as some scammers use it to confirm a valid number as they now target phone users.
- Install antivirus: Mostly for Android users, we advise you protect your mobile data with paid security software, like Avast security and Norton Mobile Security which cost at most($14.99/year). These software does not only protect your device from viruses but has other services like to lock down your privacy settings and scan apps and files for threats, some can even snap a photo of someone attempting to log into your stolen phone, with the help of your front-facing camera, and a link you provided while setting up your security account.
- Set up remote wipe: You can remotely lock your smartphone or wide it when stolen using services like “Find My iPhone” (iOS) and “Android Device Manager” (Android), just in a simple setup before losing it. But always work with authorities to assure you have your phone back when stolen by helping track the person rather than attempting it on your own.
- Two-factor authentication: Always choose a good password or pass-code for all your online activity and avoid using same password for all your registered account online, at best, go for two-factor authentication (2FA), that is you’ll not only need your password to access your online account but also have a one-time code sent to your mobile phone, to confirm it’s really you. With just your number you can have a double security guard on your account and stay safe from malware.
- Browse safely: Here, we recommend a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when spending time on the internet, as it masks your online identity, making you safer. Using a browser’s “Private” or “Incognito” mode is not really advisable as it only wipes your history and cookies clean when you close the browsing session, but your online activities can still be seen by your service provider and other governing authorities. Avoid a public Wi-Fi hotspot but rather use a personal phone network.
You can remotely lock your smartphone or wide it when stolen using services like “Find My iPhone” (iOS) and “Android Device Manager” (Android), just in a simple setup before losing it. But always work with authorities to assure you have your phone back when stolen by helping track the person rather than attempting it on your own.
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