Mobile Security: 6 Tips to Prevent Phone Hacks
Protecting your privacy and preventing mobile thieves from gaining access to your personal and financial information is critical in the digital age. Luckily there are some security-related phone hacks you can put in place to stop information leaks dead in their tracks. Keep reading for six tips to make your mobile information more secure.
- Lock It Up
Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, almost all smartphones provide users with the option to create a pass code in order to open their phone. Make sure to keep your phone locked when you are not using it and change the numbers in your code frequently to maximize security. If your phone has facial recognition technology or the option to use your fingerprint as a passcode, opt for it; these choices are almost impossible to hack and you won’t have to worry about remembering your code.
- Get Choosy with Apps
Before you decide to download an app, make sure it comes from a reputable source such as the manufacturer’s app store. Before beginning the download process, it is recommended that you read the description of the app and make sure you know exactly where it is coming from. If an app asks you for permission to access your personal information, do not automatically say yes. Be sure to read about what exactly the app wants to access and only agree to it if it is something you are comfortable with.
- Tracking is Key
Make sure to activate your smartphone’s tracking capabilities, if available. If you ever lose your phone or it gets stolen, having the tracking option in place will not only enable you to see its location but also to lock your phone remotely in order to prevent hacking. U.S Cellular’s Device Protection+ includes a “locate” feature to help you track your phone.
- Don’t Make Yourself a Target for Theft
Avoid putting your phone down in public places such as restaurants, bars and office spaces. If you must place it somewhere, make sure to choose a location that is more secure, such as a desk drawer, in order to prevent thieves from picking it up. If your phone does get stolen, Device Protection+ has you covered.
- Check Your Wi-Fi
While connecting to Wi-Fi is a great way to save on data usage, using a non-secure connection can make your phone susceptible to hacking. How can you find out whether your Wi-Fi is trustworthy? Generally speaking, public Wi-Fi networks are not as secure as cellular networks, so avoid doing any shopping or banking while you are connected to one. Instant messaging and other communications apps can also have security holes that hackers will be able to get into, so make sure you stick to the basics and avoid spending too much time on public networks whenever possible.
- Press Delete
Get rid of text messages from any unknown senders, especially if they ask for personal information or include links. If you click a link within these texts, there is a good chance that a hacker will be able to steal your information or install malware on your phone. Additionally, do not download apps via links from text messages; this is another popular method hackers use in order to gain access to your personal information. Device Protection+ has a virus detector to remove malware and ensure your device continues to run smoothly.
If you keep these six security tips in mind, you will greatly reduce the likelihood of your phone getting hacked.