From being just a communication device, telephones have evolved massively. They are no longer mere talking devices, but an integral part of our lives and culture. Today, smartphones are feature-rich, more powerful, and superior than a desktop PC was in the past decade. With advance technology comes greater utility and with it comes greater vulnerability. Though security flaws in mobile phones have existed from the beginning, there seems to be an incredible rise, in recent times. Whether it is the case of insecure passwords, an application leak, or a bug in the OS, smartphone security is not seriously considered. The truth is: it should be taken seriously considering the fact that one can gain easy access into someone’s life with just their mobile phone.
The following are some of the common security issues, with tools and tips to combat them.
Use a strong password
This is a basic security tip but is completely overlooked, sometimes. Swipes are easy and fine, but a greasy finger trail reveals way too much information. A strong passcode is an ideal choice for better phone protection.
Install a Security Software
Mobile security threats range from simple (for example, someone stealing your phone or reading emails) to complex (such as malware, viruses). Install an application that includes virus and malware prevention, firewall, automatic security advisor, and remote data swipe. Also, set up a strong anti-theft software in an event of someone stealing your phone and trying to access personal data.
Install apps from trusted sources
As users, we just go about giving permissions to applications without paying the slightest attention to its source. Before downloading an app from a browser, check for its authenticity that is the site should be SSL certified. Download only if the site has an SSL feature from a trusted provider. Also, ensure that the downloaded apps have to access the information you approve of.
Beware of suspicious links
Now that emails can be read on the phone, be cautious when clicking links. Even a simple text message can provoke you to click a ‘fancy’ link. With phishing scams on the rise, it is best not to respond to messages or emails from unknown sources.
Constantly update the OS
Updating your system’s vulnerability patches is very important because experienced hackers can wipe off your hard drive in minutes. Instead of selecting automatic updates, opt for advised updates. Also, take a backup of all your data, if anything should happen. Also, smartphones can use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to provide extra security over HTTP connections.
Then, there are the general rules: don’t lose your smartphone, avoid logging on public Wi-Fi, don’t save passwords on critical apps, and turn off Bluetooth when not in use.
The smartphone is often considered an extension of human skin. With nearly 80 million being sold worldwide, it presents new opportunities in every sector of the society making its security all the more imperative