Today we spend more time on our phones than doing almost anything else and this can make us vulnerable to privacy hackers. Your phone holds an enormous amount of your personal information and it’s important to keep it safe and protected.
Luckily, if you’re concerned about what others could be accessing on your phone, there’s a lot you can do to stay secure.
Avoid Public Wi-Fi Networks
“Public” Wi-Fi networks can be an easy spot for someone to steal your information. These networks can be configured to transmit the data you enter, like passwords and personal information.
If you need a connection, stick to known data networks or your cellular data when logging into websites, sending emails, or doing any online banking or purchasing.
Use Security Apps to Increase Your Protection
Mobile security is an increasingly important issue and there are apps to help you stay secure.
Most of these apps are different for? Android to iPhone, but both offer apps that will help keep your data, passwords and communications safe from potential theft or attacks.
Enable Remote Lock and Wiping
If your phone is ever stolen or lost, you may be able to access it remotely to ensure nobody hacks your information.
On the iPhone, you can enable the “Find My Phone” feature, which allows you to lock, locate or wipe your phone from anywhere remotely. This feature is especially useful if you’ve lost your phone or if it’s been stolen.
If you’re an Android user, your phone can be locked remotely as long as your account is connected to Google. You can do this from any device that has internet access, by logging into your account.
“Do Not Track” Web Browsing
If you want to keep your web browsing to yourself rather than share it with advertisers and websites, you can enable “Do Not Track” in most mobile web browsers.
This isn’t a foolproof method of keeping your information safe, but many websites will see this request and stop collecting your information.
Don’t Answer Spam Calls
Nobody likes getting calls from telemarketers, yet sometimes we answer the phone anyway because we’re concerned that the unknown number may be related to something important.
However, the “best practice” when it comes to keeping your information secure is to avoid answering the phone when an unfamiliar or blocked number calls.
Even if you don’t expressly give out any information, some telemarketers will call just to determine that the phone number is associated with a real person. Then, they will sell your information and phone number to other telemarketers.
With this in mind, the next time an unfamiliar number calls: don’t answer. You might avoid more spam calls in the future.
Turn Off Your Bluetooth® Settings
Turning off Bluetooth when you’re not using it can make you less vulnerable to a cyber attack.
Having the feature turned on leaves a channel open for attackers to navigate around your phone’s other protection measures and also drains your battery more quickly.
Keeping your information safe and secure doesn’t have to be hard; all you need to do is take an extra few steps and you can feel confident that your information is protected.