Mobile users may seem like all-knowing when it comes to mobile phone jargons, but unfortunately, what most of you have failed to master is the area of security. Here’s what you need to know in order to protect yourself from security threats with using your mobile device.
Avoid Selling or Throwing Your Old Device
Perhaps most people who want to buy a new handset are thinking of selling their old device in order to recover some of the cost of the new purchase. Unfortunately, when you sell your old handset, you run the risk of getting your sensitive information into the wrong hands. While you may think that factory reset or formatting your phone is enough, it may still store personal details that you definitely wouldn’t want others to know, such as your credit card number, bank account, usernames, and passwords for your online accounts. If you’re planning to sell, consider selling to people that you actually know and trust.
Set Up a Password
Laziness won’t get you anywhere, and don’t think that being too lazy to set up a 4-digit code won’t hurt. While passwords won’t necessarily protect all information stored in your device, not having one may seem like handing over all your data in a silver platter. When you have a password or PIN, it can help buy you some time before others can access anything from your phone in the event of loss or theft.
Avoid Displaying Your Phone in Public
Some people may either use their phones carelessly or intentionally flaunt them, especially when they’re carrying the latest handset in the market. While it can be too tempting to take “selfies” in newly explored places, it can attract the eyes of unwanted watchers.
Do not Use Public Networks
While it may seem fun to be able to use the internet for free, using public Wi-Fi hotspots is just as dangerous as having someone watch you as you browse. Public networks are unsecured, and sending data over these connections may risk your personal information being accessed by third parties.
Avoid Downloading from Unknown Sources
There’s a reason why certain operating systems restrict your ability to download from unknown developers. When you “jailbreak” or “root” your phone’s operating system and download from these unknown sources, you are essentially tampering with your phone’s security features, making it susceptible to virus and malware attacks.
Sharing In Social Media… All the Time
Contrary to what most would like to believe, too much sharing in social media is not always cool. Your contacts may not just find it annoying when they always see your feeds, but it can potentially risk your safety and privacy when seen by the wrong people.
Keep Confidential Transactions at Home
The internet was never 100% secure,ut for the toughest security measures, be sure to keep confidential transactions at your home network. Even if you have your own portable internet connection, for instance, doing sensitive transactions in public places, such as accessing your online banking account, may endanger your data as others around you may be able to get through your network’s security.