We are all aware of the potential threat brought upon by malware, viruses and malicious attacks by hackers. The problem becomes amplified in the case of Smartphone because they are bundles of valuable information, which can prove to be a big loss if it falls in the wrong hands, especially in the hands of a malicious hacker.
The fact that people are often not aware of the harm that can be brought upon by these malicious entities makes the problem far worse. It is only through proper understanding and awareness that we would be able to keep our devices safe and secure. Just because you might have an iOS device, doesn’t mean that your device is not vulnerable to viruses. Apparently, both Android and iOS (the two most popular mobile operating systems), are equally exposed to the risks of viruses and malware.
Just follow these 5 tips for keeping your mobile phone safe from these threats.
Keep Your Device Updated
This may not seem like an effective tip, but trust me, updating your device’s software is crucial for protecting it against malicious entities. Software updates are the only way that providers can close security holes when they are found so not updating your device will leave it open to any threats that arise. Make sure you install the updates as and when the notifications reach you on your device.
Don’t Plug Your Smartphone into Unknown Ports
This is an obvious tip. You just cannot go about plugging your device into any port that you find. If you need to charge your smartphone, then keep a power bank with you or use a dedicated power port to charge your phone with its own charger. However, public charging points have become quite a risk themselves because you never get to see what’s on the other side of the board. It could be connected to a power unit or to a computer. It’s better to avoid using such ports unless you are absolutely certain about its safety.
Use Internet Connections Carefully
You should browse the internet with responsibility. Of course the World Wide Web is a massive collection of information, but you need to understand the implications of accessing particular information. Don’t visit any suspicious sites or click on any external links such as adverts as these may take you to sites that contain viruses and malware. If you find a site or any ad too tempting to ignore, then there is a major possibility that it could lead you into a trap by redirecting you to a malicious site. Be responsible!
Avoid Public Wi-Fi Networks
Public WI-FI networks such as those found in coffee shops are the most methods used to infiltrate smartphones and use “phishing” to get personal information without the knowledge of the person. You might not even be aware of the fact that while you drink a cup of coffee and relax yourself, a hacker might be usurping all the data from your phone. Compared to a public Wi-Fi network, it is always better to use internet from your own telecom service provider.
Keep a Check on Your Password(s)
Make sure you use strong passwords for both the keypad lock and also for any app store passwords. What is a strong password? Well, ideally it should include lowercase, uppercase, numbers and symbols. Do not make the mistake of using common terms or words that people can easily relate to you, such as the name of your school, your phone number, etc. Be as creative as you want and come up with a strong password. But don’t make it too confusing or you might end up forgetting it.
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