Smartphones have greatly convenience our lives by the provision of many useful tools such as calendars, reminders, e-mail functionality, stocks, and other such things that have taken the place of heavy reminder books, or that restrict internet access or e-mailing to a desktop or a heavy laptop. But with all these conveniences packed in such a small compact package, there are still risks.
Nothing is perfect and something as important as security should be taken seriously. If you have a smartphone or a tablet and are using it for business purposes or have important information stored such as your contact details and credit card number, then all the possible measures need to be taken in order to ensure that it is kept safe.
- Use a lock code – in recent times, smartphones have been built equipped with more sophisticated locking systems with the use of pattern recognition, facial recognition, or even a finger print scanner. But all these models with these available will still boil down to a locking system. For example, a finger print scanner-equipped phone receives 5 failed attempts, it then asks for a lock code. So even if used as a second line of defense, lock codes need to made as complex as possible with a pattern only known to the user. With newer models, lock codes are available longer rather than just the 4 digit code which is an even greater advantage for security.
- Lock sensitive data – if you can leave sensitive information such as your bank details out of your smartphone then the better. But with the creation of specific bank applications, it can also prove advantageous for convenience. Instead, assign a lock to this specific app or keep it in a separate folder.
- Wi-Fi Connection – never connect to an unfamiliar network, especially if it is available without a password. This is used as a method of phishing for attackers to gain access to your device and your information via that connection link.
- Bluetooth – Bluetooth is usually marked by such a small symbol hidden at the top most part of a screen and can sometimes be overlooked. Remember to always check your Bluetooth connection and make sure it is turned off. Attackers can enter your network via Bluetooth as well and access your data.
- Applications – apps from outside sources that have not been approved by your operating system, or apps that have been e-mailed to you by an unfamiliar address should be avoided at all costs. Attackers use fake apps to gain your information, sometimes apps are also built in with malware or viruses that could affect your phone.
- Security software – your antivirus should be built in with your operating system but it will never hurt to have some extra security via a stronger anti-virus. Whenever you can, check your anti-virus for functionality. If it isn’t working, then you know that something is up.
Never take security for granted; prevention if always better than regretting so ensure the security of your smartphone by taking the necessary measures into consideration.