Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or in Antarctica recently, then you’ll have heard or seen all the controversy about data and what people are doing with it. This data can be used for many purposes including fraud and other financial crimes. In this blog, we’re going to look at how to take the best steps to keep your phone secure.
Lock your phone
When your phone is locked it prevents others from gaining access to the device, including data and apps. I now people moaned about using a passcode in eth past, but you have that option, fingerprint or facial recognition available. There really is no need for not having your phone locked.
Keep the operating system up to date
Though we only see minor improvements in operating system updates like how to set the brightness etc. under the bonnet operating systems do a lot more than they appear to. They generally have security updates which keep you protected from the newest threats, so it’s advisable to keep your OS up to date for this reason. When you can’t update the operating system on your phone any more then it’s probably time to get a newer model.
Avoid insecure phone brands
Though we think all phones are made equal, this really isn’t the case. Intelligence services in the USA spoke at a congressional hearing about the security threat from phones made by Chinese manufacturers. The manufacturers mentioned were Huawei and ZTE, who according to the intelligence services are insecure and even went as far as to say that they were being used as surveillance devices. Phones made by Blu were pulled from Amazon for this very reason.
Your phone contains lots of data. Some of the data stored on it include emails, contacts, financial apps and more. If your phone is lost or stolen all of these can be accessed. If you want to ensure this data is safe if the worst happens you can encrypt your data. It’s relatively simple to do and you can find out how to do it here.
Scan for Viruses
The growth of mobile device users has led to an increase in malware and ransomware. The Google Play store has reportedly had 4.2 million downloads of apps that are security threats including ExpensiveWall, an app that seemed to be a wallpaper app. Make sure you are wary of where you’re downloading from and run a virus scan on your device regularly to locate any threats.
Don’t jailbreak your phone
iPhone users have been known to jailbreak their phone. This is done in the mistaken belief that you can get more out of your phone by lifting Apple’s restrictions on apps and extensions. Android users can do a similar thing, but it is called rooting your phone on Android. The problem with these processes is that they allow users to download unauthorised apps. The Keyraider malware that targeted jailbroken iPhones was found to have stolen the account details and passwords of 225000 Apple users. The Copycat malware did a similar thing with Android phones affected 14 million users. Make sure you are not exposed to these threats by sticking to the operating system if you’re interested in security.