Seven ways to Secure Your Mobile Device
These days more people are living through their mobile device than ever before. These devices are small and portable and they give you the best way to keep information in one place, along with all your communications thanks to emails and messenger apps.
What would happen if you lost your phone though? Or if it was stolen? Would you be worried about your personal information being stolen? There are several ways you can secure your mobile device so that you don’t need to worry about what might happen if someone gets ahold of it.
Use a PIN or Password
Stopping people from even being able to get into your device can stop most people from being able to access your information. Every phone has the option of letting you use a lockscreen and, while you might think it’s inconvenient to have to put in a passcode each time you use your device, what could happen if someone is able to instantly open your phone and access your information is much worse. Put together a good combination that someone else wouldn’t be able to guess easily. You should also consider changing your password every so often.
Be More Careful About The Apps You Use
You should only ever use an app that you can trust. Bad apps are loaded with malware which will infect your system and steal all your information. Using a proper app store such as the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes reduces your risk of installing a malicious app. This is something that shouldn’t be as big an issue for Apple or Windows users but Android users should only ever install apps from Google Play.
Don’t Let Advertisers Track You
Your phone provider could be allowing advertisers to track you. Open up the settings on your phone and ensure that your information isn’t being sent to advertisers.
Use Remote Location and Wiping
There are remote location apps that you can use to track your phone in the event that your phone is lost or stolen. There are also apps that allow you to remotely scrub the sensitive information on your device so that it can’t get into the wrong hands.
Be Extra Cautious When Using Public Wi-Fi
You should be extra cautious when using public Wi-Fi to protect your data. Public Wi-Fi allows you to save on data but it also opens up your information to other people on the network. You should always do your banking at home or through the app for your financial institution. At the very least you can use an encryption service.
Use Some Online Security Software
You use online security software on your computer, so you should use it on your mobile device too. These devices are essentially handheld computers after all. See if your favorite security software provider has a mobile option.
Clean Out Your Old Gadgets
When you’re changing your phone you need to personally wipe out the information on your device before selling it, giving it away, or throwing it away. You should also wipe the entire internal memory because a deleted app could be restored by a tech savvy individual. There are even people who deliberately buy used phones in order to do this.
You should see protecting your phone as being as important as protecting your home computer. It’s not difficult at all to protect your mobile device and you don’t even need to be tech savvy to do it. If you have trouble you can always discuss mobile security with your phone provider. They’ll be more than happy to help.