Today we practically live in our smartphones: shopping, paying bills, communication, searching for something, work and much more are controlled from a smartphone.
It is incredibly convenient, because everything is always at hand. But if your smartphone is stolen or lost, a third party may be able to gain access to your entire life.
In the worst case, this can lead to fraud and much larger losses than the smartphone itself.
So let’s talk about security — even if a smartphone is constantly in front of our eyes, this does not mean that it cannot be susceptible to viruses or hacking. Do not panic, in any case, it is best to simply take affordable and simple security measures that will prevent possible troubles.
At a minimum, the code is the protection that is necessary today, without which not a single reasonable person can do. Even better is to use a PIN code and a fingerprint scanner.
By the way, it is fingerprint reading that protects the best so far (other biometric data is easier to crack), along with a complex password.
Of course, entering a password every time is inconvenient, but the number of possible options makes the possibility of hacking less likely.
Smartphones now allow six-digit passwords, which can be enabled in the device’s security settings.
You can (and should) put a password on your smartphone, but if you have applications that require special protection — for example, mail or a bank application with access to your bank card data.
Android offers its users a special option — to protect a single application with a password — in this way no one can open your bank application, and will not get access to your results in games.
iOS users, unfortunately, do not have access to such a feature, however, for example, banking applications, as a rule, offer password or fingerprint protection inside the application itself.
When you are constantly logged into applications, it is very convenient, and the smartphone works much faster, plus you always have access to new messages, etc. However, if suddenly something happens to the smartphone, an outsider can get the same access.
So, if you are really worried about your own security and the privacy of your data, it is best to log out of your account as soon as you are done.
Even at the dawn of the development of the Internet, we got used to the fact that everyone around was warned — the password should be complex, not tied to your name or date of birth. And passwords should not be repeated, so that if one of the accounts is hacked, the rest would not suffer. Whenever possible, choose passwords for apps and accounts that consist of letters, numbers, and symbols.
In order for all passwords to be stored in a smartphone, there are special applications, and iPhone users can use Keychain.
The main thing, at the same time, is to make sure that the main password of the application or smartphone is complex.
Smartphones, of course, are much less prone to viruses than computers. However, this does not mean at all that there are no viruses under them at all. On the contrary, in the past year, many users have suffered from the action of dangerous programs that affected smartphones. A high-quality antivirus application, like a program, will scan your smartphone for dangerous programs. This is relevant for Android users, since, unfortunately, there are no worthy applications for iOS yet, however, manufacturers update the firmware and the following item is very relevant here.
This is more relevant for iPhone users as Apple regularly releases device security updates. To always be protected from possible viruses, try to download updates as soon as they appear. This is fairly easy, as the device usually reports that an update is available.
Jailbreaking is, of course, a convenient way to open up additional features of a smartphone, however, along with the opening of functions, it weakens the internal protection of the axis.
As for applications, the AppStore and Google Play check developers for a reason — this allows you to separate potentially dangerous applications from those that you can trust. Therefore, if you do not want to expose your smartphone to additional risk, beware of applications from third-party developers.
Another way that your smartphone can be accessed remotely is Wi-Fi. The public network is of course convenient, plus you don’t need to spend mobile internet traffic. However, everyone has access to it, so it is better to avoid such networks.
If the network is home or work, then do not forget to set a complex password or cipher, for example, WPA2 (usually this is provided during the initial network setup).
We do not mean spy ciphers or communication in a specially invented language, but if you are very serious about your own security, then there is the possibility to encrypt your correspondence. Most communication apps offer encryption as a standard option, but when it comes to mail, there aren’t many options. Therefore, carefully study the possibilities and choose a worthy application.
Encryption complicates the task for those who gain access to the correspondence. However, this will not help if the smartphone is physically in the hands of an unauthorized person.
If you are very worried about the safety of correspondence, delete messages immediately after reading. By the way, there are applications that do this for you.
If you lose your smartphone, or it is stolen, this does not mean that all the data will be in the hands of other people. Both Android and iOS allow users to control their smartphone remotely.
On Android, this can be done using the Android Device Manager website or app. After that, go to your Google account and you will be able to track the smartphone, call it, block or delete all data. It is better to check the functions in advance in order to be prepared in a crisis situation.
On the iPhone, the process is pretty much the same — through iCloud, you can use the Find My iPhone app. Of course, you first need to set up iCloud on your smartphone and on your computer. You will be signed in with your Apple ID.
All these tips will help you minimize the risk that your personal data will be in the possession of third parties. However, the main thing we can recommend is to always be careful, do not leave your smartphone unattended, do not tell anyone your passwords and, of course, take immediate action in case of loss.