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Smartphone Security: The Ultimate Guide

Smartphone Security: The Ultimate Guide

Smartphone Security tipsSmartphone security in this digital age is crucial. We’re all aware of how to keep ourselves safe on desktop and laptop computers but not as many of us bridge the gap that our smartphones are just as important to be extremely cautious with. Losing all that sensitive data or being hacked is just not worth the cost of being secure.

At GoWireless we’re here to help you have the best experience possible with your mobile and wireless devices. A lot of stores can sell you new technology gadgets, but few take the time to help you become proficient with those devices. As October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (#NCSAM), we’re taking a moment to share some best practices for smartphone security.

 

Here are a few steps that will improve your smartphone security, help protect your identity, and keep your valuable information out of the wrong hands.

 

  1. 1. Phone Lock password, pin, or pattern.

This is the first step in helping secure your smartphone and perhaps the most simple one as well. Every phone has a lock function that, once enabled, requires a password or pattern combination to be able to unlock and use the phone. This will ensure that only trusted people are on your phone and that your private information stays private.

 

  • Use a pattern, pin, or password to unlock your phone.

 

  1. 2. Only download apps from trusted sources.

Use the app stores to download apps and know that the app you are downloading is from the correct source. Some hackers will design look-alike apps that trick users into downloading them which then inject malicious programs into your phone. Before downloading a new app that may look attractive do a quick search on it to find out if it is safe or not.

 

  • Try searching for reviews on the app or type “safe app” with the app name in the search.

 

  1. 3. Keep your smartphone’s operating system and apps updated

Often apps or your phone’s operating system release updates to either improve the user experience, add new features, or to fix a security breach. Usually, updates have all those components in them. Be sure to keep your apps updated to make sure they have the latest safest versions installed on your phone.

 

  • Head to the app store and click updates tab to see what updates are available for your phone and apps.

 

  1. 4. Use your phone’s extra security features

Some phones come with additional security features such as a fingerprint sensor, or encrypted folders. Each device will have directions on how to use these features if not head into a GoWireless location near you and our mobile consultants will be happy to help you set it up. Using these additional phone security features will give you greater protection from hackers accessing any valuable information stored on your phone.

 

  • Look for your devices additional security features and see if they make sense for you.

 

  1. 5. Keep your smartphone’s operating system and apps updated

Often apps or your phone’s operating system release updates to either improve the user experience, add new features, or to fix a security breach. Usually, updates have all those components in them. Be sure to keep your apps updated to make sure they have the latest safest versions installed on your phone.

 

  • Head to the app store and click updates tab to see what updates are available for your phone and apps.

 

 

  1. 6. Install an Antivirus app

Anti-virus and Anti-malware programs are a must for any desktop or laptop computer, your tablets and smartphones are no exceptions. Yes, even your tablet and smartphone have anti-virus apps that will help keep the device safe from information stealing and harmful programs. Be sure to install one and keep it updated.

 

  • Install an antivirus cybersecurity app on all your mobile devices and keep it updated.

 

  1. 7. Logging out

Be sure to log out of any information sensitive site that you access from your mobile device, these include social media and financial sites. Any site that has your personal data could potentially be used against you by a hacker.

 

  • Log out when leaving any site that has your personal information!

 

  1. 8. Public Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Using a public Wi-Fi signal for accessing the internet is dangerous territory. Be sure you know how to use it securely or don’t use it at all. On public Wi-Fi networks, your private information can easily be accessed be cyber criminals. It’s an open network, so anyone with the know-how to watch what information is being passed can easily do so. A few solutions for staying secure on public Wi-fi are to use a VPN service which encrypts all your Internet traffic or to simply not use it for anything sensitive at all. Instead, switch over to your phone’s data service and turn off Wi-Fi. Also, be sure to turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you are not using them. This shuts off the chance of any hacker remotely accessing your phone.

 

  • Use a private VPN service or your Data signal instead of public Wi-fi for the safest browsing.
  • Shut off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not is use.

 

  1. 9. Don’t give out personal info

Be leery of giving out your personal information unless you are sure you are dealing with the correct parties. Whether it’s a text message, email, or phone call check credentials and validate any source before giving out your personal information. Google the company who claims to be contacting you and make sure the phone numbers match and that they can validate who they are.

 

Thieves have come up with all kinds of schemes to get your information and access your banking or sensitive data. Be cautious about any interaction asking for information or asking you to click or download anything.

 

  • Validate any source before clicking or giving any private information.

 

  1. 10. Spread the Word – Share

Our final tip for mobile security is to share what you know with the people around you. As you get more protected, viruses, malware and online scams have less chance to spread. Help spread the word by sharing a guide like this one on your Facebook or social network. Help your family and friends get protected with their mobile devices.

 

Share these security tips on Facebook or with your friends and family.

 

The bottom line is nobody wants to spend time, money or effort cleaning up a malicious cyber attack. With a few simple steps, you can help keep yourself protected and enjoy your mobile device with greater assurance you’re not going to get taken advantage of. With proper smartphone security, you will also enjoy knowing that your devices will work properly. Until next time, thanks for reading and stay safe!

 

 

 

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