Not a week goes by without news of some high profile cyber-attack. It seems that protecting our data is becoming harder. In some cases, our phone could be more valuable than anything we own, because of the important personal and professional information that most of us store on our device.
Imagine if someone got access to your phone. They don’t even need to be good at hacking. If your phone is unencrypted or you just forgot to sign out on a random website, you can wave goodbye to more than just embarrassing pics.
What can you do to keep safe? We selected the best tips that will help calm you down:
1. Write down your phone’s unique identification number (IMEI). Let’s say you lose your phone or it gets stolen, by sharing the identification number with your service provider you can request them to block your phone. To get your IMEI, dial: *#06#
2. Update your software. Updates improve not only general functionality and features, but also the security of the phone. Some updates are actually targeted to fight certain threats. It’s a good idea to set your phone on automatic updating so you don’t forget to check for updates yourself.
3. Choose your app sources carefully. Don’t just jump on any open source you see out there. The fact that you don’t buy them from the App Store or Google Play Store means that they were not checked for threats, therefore might not be safe. Having an antivirus installed helps, but if you must go for any suspicious apps, do a background check first on the manufacturer’s website.
4. Layer your security. You shouldn’t settle for just your screen pattern lock. Vault apps help you lock phone sections of your choosing – personal photos or important information that’s not meant to be shared. This way you will feel more comfortable when someone gets too curious with your contents.
5. Enable the location settings. Can’t find your phone? Maybe you forgot it somewhere or it got stolen. Here’s how you can pinpoint the location of your phone, presuming you enabled the location settings:
iOS – The Find my iPhone app has got your back.
Android – No app required, just navigate to Google play/Android Device Manager.
Windows – Go to WindowsPhone.com, log in and you will find the exact spot on the map.
6. Lock your SIM. This might not be practical for the everyday user because you’ll have to enter your selected PIN every time you want to make a phone call. In some cases it’s very useful because it basically secures your entire phone agenda.
7. Log out and turn off. Never leave your credentials memorized or stay signed in, especially after payments. Avoid transactions while on public Wi-Fi, and turn off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you don’t need them. If you leave them running, you’re just inviting unwanted guests to check your data.
8. Don’t just click anything. Messages and attachments can contain viruses. Open only what you’re expecting or that you received from reliable sources.
9. Back up. It doesn’t matter that much if you use a memory card, cloud backup or just your phone sync, as long as you do it regularly. I personally use an external USB drive for important information, but just when I have to. Usually I don’t keep any sensitive information on my phone.
10. Reset to factory settings and wipe all personal info. There may come a time when you will want to change your phone. Don’t forget to clean the stored data. The best way to do this is to reset to factory settings and erase any other information that you might have on memory card.
Noe you can go get a good night’s rest. Your phone is safe.