10 Tips For A Safe Smartphone
At some point or the other we have left our phones unattended or we have forgotten them at restaurants or while travelling in a taxi or rickshaw or, by the swimming pool or on the conference table after a meeting. What would happen if someone gets his or her hands on it? Is your information safe? Do have your phone on tracker?
If you have taken the right measures to secure your phone, then answering these questions wouldn’t be hard. However, if you haven’t then all hell will break loose. We all have sensitive information saved on our phones, in the form of pictures, banking information, passwords to various social networking sites and phone numbers of friends and family.
Are you making these mistakes with your smart phone? Read on to know more.
- No password protection
If you could put a lock on your purse or wallet, wouldn’t you? Then why isn’t your iPhone or Android phone password protected? It’s not a foolproof method but it’s at least a basic level safeguard. It is annoying to keep re-entering your password every time your phone sleeps but having a password is the simplest way of keeping your information safe. A phone password works like the theory of burglar and the dog. Having a strong password whether it’s a pin or pattern password is important.
- Skipping Security Software
Antitheft software’s is not a complete defense, but it’s the second level of protection. Having your phone equipped with Antivirus and Antitheft software can make it harder to crack your phone. In addition, it is important to have a tracker installed on the phone in case you misplace it.
- Saving banking logins
It’s tedious to enter your banking password every time you login, but if you are not following this every time you log in to your baking site, then you are susceptible to identify theft and hacking. Using a tool like LastPass can help you keep your password secure, but still easily accessible to you.
- Connecting to an Unsecured Wi-Fi Network
When you access free Wi-Fi on an unsecured network, you are unintentionally sharing your private and confidential information, publicly. Always connect to websites, which have an https web address or just login using your mobile data, it’s safer.
- Using without Insurance or a Warranty
Having your phone insured is a good idea, not all phones may need it, but it’s handy to have around. If have the knack of dropping your phone or have pets or kids running around the house, it’s safe to have insurance or a warranty for your phone. It could save you a lot of money.
- Not shopping online in a secured manner
Use the online app instead of an internet browser as shopping apps are designed to ward off phishing and other kind of malicious frauds. Always download the official app and having a security password when shopping online is a good idea.
7.Posting photos with location settings turned on
If you are,trigger-happy on your vacation and can’t wait to post your pictures on a social networking site. We suggest you switch of your location setting; you don’t need the whole world to know where you are, especially thieves or burglars who keep an eye out for empty houses.
8.Fail to purge data from old phone
Many users fail to remove all their sensitive information from their phone, before selling it or taking it out of service. It’s advisable to completely erase data from your device before selling it or donating it.
9.Download “free” apps that aren’t actually free
Be careful of what you download, also read the reviews and make sure that these apps belong to reputable sites. Downloading a so called ‘free’ app, may damage your phone as it could be a virus or worse , hackers could use the app to access your sensitive information.
10. Jailbreaking or Rooting
Do not jail break or root your phone unless you are sure you know what you are doing. Once, you have broken your iphone or rooted your android, it is far more likely that your phone can be attacked by malware, as the company-installed safeguards will be gone.
Hence, it is essential that you protect your phone in case of loss or theft as most of us store a lot of sensitive information on the phone that could lead to many issues.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 4, 2015 7:46 AM UTC