Today’s Need is no longer limited to computers or laptops not even the palmtop. The greatest innovation, “smart phones” now has all the facilities or we can say is now called a part of our living. Facilities like Google map, Face book, Twitter or other apps has made our life so easy that in today’s world we can’t even think of a life without our phone. Need to order groceries an App is available need to book a movie ticket, a restaurant or a holiday packages; everything is just a click away. Need to do banking just download a banking app and get started.
Now do we think? All this facilities that we have are they protected? Are they secured?
Your personal information, your private photographs too private. Or your banking information. Or your contact’s. Do you really want them to be at risk?
Here are some quick tips to ignore these threats.
Password protected mobile devices, this is the first layer of physical security to protect the contents of the device. In conjunction with the password, enable the screen lock feature after a few minutes of inactivity.
Take a malware protection for your Smartphone device or look for applications that specialize in antivirus or file integrity that helps protect your device from rogue applications and malware.
Be aware of applications that enable geo-location. The application will track the user’s location anywhere and might be used for marketing or malicious activity, raising concerns of assisting a possible stalker or carrying intention of simply hacking.
Do not allow your device to connect to unknown wireless networks. These networks could be rogue access points that capture information passed between your device and a legitimate server.
Avoid clicking on or otherwise downloading software or links from unknown sources
Smartphone’s require updates to run applications and firmware. If users neglect this, it increases the risk of having their device hacked or compromised.
Use the same precautions on your mobile phone as you would on your computer when using the Internet. Like not opening the suspicious emails or going to unwanted website which could be contaminated.
While using social networking websites on the Smartphone’s we need to be careful that we are interacting to new people, are the trustworthy to be added on your friend list.
Review and understand the permissions you are giving when you download applications. As the terms and condition might have points wherein they require the access of the entire data on the phone and with the help of that software our entire Smartphone’s is transferred to some other device along with the data (pictures, emails, banking data and etc…)
With the growth of the application market for mobile devices, users should look at the reviews of the developer/company who published the application and accordingly we should act.
Even with photo sharing programs, cyber criminals can scam victim so we need to ensure that we are careful while doing the same.
If we decide to sell our device or trade it in, make sure we wipe the device (reset it to factory default) to avoid leaving personal data on the device.