In recent times, not even the most secured documents in one of the deadliest security agencies are secure. As can be seen from the leaked CIA documents. Proves one point – you can easily be prone to hacking attacks. So given below are simple details of protection against hackers for your smart phone. Let them be anybody, experts who are waiting for the right opportunity or fund-assisted spies.
1. Keep Up-To-Date. Do Not Open Doors Yourself
The best form of prevention against hackers is to keep an eye on software updates. Take time and install them when you get a notification. Understood. It is tiring, but as the proverb – A stitch in time saves nine, the installation can save intruders. Hackers usually exploit short comings in software of smart phones.
Do not go with the unofficial versions of any software. It can contain malicious spyware that can snoop on your personal data.
You can install any app, but it will ask permissions to access your camera or files. True, the app may look as from a branded company. There have been numerous deletions of apps on the Play Store. In fact, some of the malicious apps have spent more than a month in the Store. Do not download/install apps from any third sources. You can find some brands in the third party source place, but you may unwittingly allow rogue apps to come to your mobile.
When you bought a smart phone, you were on a high, and installed as many apps as possible. But you took care to see that they are from brands. Now have a look at the same apps. If you have not installed the updates, they would look a pale version of their previous self and become prone to hackers.
Also check their access. For iOS, you can find relevant information in Settings> Privacy.
DO you have an Android phone? Then it will be difficult to check the permissions of every app. SO, you can make use of the security apps such as Avast and McAfee (in fact, free packages). Once installed, they can give alerts on apps if they are malicious. They will be on guard against phishing attacks, when these unscrupulous websites try able tricks to get you sign in a password on an unknown web page.
4. Intruders Should Never Get In
Mobile phones have become the third arm of a majority of the population. It contains precious, personal information. You lost the phone. The person who stole it, or found the device can retrieve the information and cause unnecessary trouble.
So prepare a six digit code for your Android and iOS. There are options such as facial recognition or fingerprints. But any security code can be broken into – the fingerprints can be stolen from your wallet or handkerchief, a photograph can be used, and more. But there is one point, these security codes are not impossible to break, but only the highly skilled and experienced hackers can do the job.
There are also other softwares which can “unlock” your phone. For example, when the smart watch is near, it can easily unlock your phone password. So be careful on such occasions.
5. Lock Your Phone
Always keep a step ahead of the thieves. If the mobile is stolen, then the data is safe. You can design the settings in such a way, so that the data gets automatically erased after two unsuccessful attempts to enter the correct password.
There are “find my device” services which can enable you to find a phone after it is stolen or misplaced.
You log out of your social media platforms on the laptop and PC. But in the mobile you rarely log out. There may be many reasons for not logging out. But once the phone is stolen, the intruder can gain access to all the social media platform apps.
So it is necessary not to use auto-login features in mobiles. The best solution is a password manager app, which necessitates to re-enter the master password. Do you have a short memory? No problem. But do not have the same password for multiple social media platforms. Then, if the mobile gets stolen, it can be used to access multiple sites. Also, the same password for multiple platforms is dangerous even in other occasions (PC and laptops). Hackers can easily break and steal private information.
7. No Real Information
Has the article become a lengthy one? Yes, it is. But we are providing you worthy tips that have proven to be perfect obstacles to hackers.
If you have entered your real date of birth on Facebook, one can easily find the info and reprogram the password. So it is vital that you select the security question and the answer nobody can guess. Just keep fiction-related names for the answer for “what was the name of your dog?” and you can remember the claim.
8. Open Wifi
That is the problem. Everyone knows the risks associated with open wireless networks, but nevertheless they jump in at the nearest provocation. Anyone, who is specialized in similar stream, can easily access your information. Not every person can be a specialist, but you cannot ignore the danger.
Having doubts about a free network – then never use the connection. The best way is to use the VPN tools named as TunnelBear or CyberGhost (they are available in iOS and Android). Your access to internet is routed through other private encrypted channels, so no one can guess the sites you are accessing in the specific framework.
9. Individual Apps
So, you have done what is explained in the article. Thank you for the respect you showed in our words. But if you are accessing the email and a thief snatches the mobile and runs off, what will you do?
As a second round of defense, you can enlist the assistance of individual apps to lock your email or banking systems. Example, there are apps such as Folder Lock for the iOS.
You have forty years of experience in the hospitality industry and had opened an e-commerce platform for doorstep repair services. The business picked up, and you are invited abroad to deliver a speech at a business conference. Before stepping in the plane, you follow all the procedures given in the article, to protect your smart phone.
The world of technology is changing at a rapid pace. First the internet made its presence, then the mobiles and now apps. The future of the customer care may settle in chat bots. Who knows? True, technology and some entrepreneurs have made the world look small and the entire human population one race. But there are also some among us, who attempt to steal others’ assets for their own nefarious purposes. This article is meant to educate/protect the do-gooders from the other pack.
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