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6 Cyber Security Tips for your Smartphone

6 Cyber Security Tips for your Smartphone

If you had to be asked what your most ‘precious’ everyday possessions were, you’d probably answer your keys, wallet… and smartphone. How can we go about protecting those important messages, files and images that you don't want to fall into the wrong hands?

 

1. Protect sensitive data

Sometimes we forget that a smartphone is effectively a miniature computer with often easily removable storage. It is pretty simple to retrieve data by plugging it into a computer or removing an SD card. Software is available that can encrypt files or folders so that a code must be entered before a file can be viewed or copied. As an aside, make sure you always back up your data (on iCloud, OneDrive, Dropbox or similar software).

 

2. Be vigilant while browsing the internet

Be careful when accessing a web browser on your smartphone. For example, agreeing to save user details and passwords might make it easy to remember for later, but unfortunately others can do the same if they gain access to your phone. If any security warning pop up when looking at a website, take note of it and leave the website. Also, ensure any banking or shopping sites where you put in secure information have a padlock in the address bar to ensure that the site is encrypted.

 

3. Install anti-virus software

You install anti-virus on your p.c. or laptop, but not on your phone. Is that wise? Most people have no form of protection on their smartphone, although they can face similar threats such as spam containing malware attachments or infected apps.

 

4. Remote wipe

If your phone is lost or stolen, protect your data by wiping data quickly and remotely. Many operating systems have dedicated remote wipe applications to choose from.

 

5. Keep your OS up to date

Download updates to your smartphone — both iOS and Android — as soon as they become available. These updates can protect against newly-discovered threats and help keep your phone safe.

 

6. Be aware of public Wi-Fi risks

Public Wi-Fi networks can make it easy for an attacker to intercept the traffic you are sending over the unencrypted network. Never send sensitive information over public Wi-Fi — for example, do not enter passwords or carry out internet banking transactions.

Authored by Finerton’s Blogging (Malta) – July 2019
Images: Pizabay.com, Unsplash.com

Last modified on: July 26, 2019

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