Having a smartphone attacked by intruders is dangerous of all. It feels like somebody robbed our house. This is because our phone doesn’t just hold our personal data but it also signals to hackers which information is the most important to us. Therefore, we should be vigilant while SECURING our data privacy and to do that we need to develop a smart strategy.
What are the signs that a smartphone is at risk or got hacked already?
Intruders’ dirty work can target our phones
- Text messages
- Email messages
- Facebook and other social media apps
- Banking and shopping
And, as a result
- The smartphone starts receiving and sending odd messages. …
- The phone is hotter than before. …
- The phone is slower than usual. …
- There are new apps installed automatically…
- The smartphone runs out of memory.
- Increased data use. …
- Some apps stop working properly. …
- The owner will not be able to access the information. …
What are the tips for protecting the phone’s valuable information?
1. Update the phone’s OS and apps
Ever thought why software companies are constantly busy in updating phones software? It’s for security reasons. Many operating system updates contain security improvements that guard our phones against data breaches 24/7. So, a user should never use their smartphone without updating its OS and install it as soon as they receive the notification.
2. Say big no to public Wi-Fi
We get free Wi-Fi in cafes, shopping centres, hospitals, airports, or any other public venue. A public Wi-Fi is open for all. And is the easiest way to hack someone’s information who just logged on. For all smartphone users, it is always advisable to use their private cell connection instead of using public Wi-Fi.
3. Keep it password protected
All smartphones have a passcode or fingerprint protecting mode capability. A user must always keep his or her phone password protected––it should be at least 6 to 8 digits long. Moreover, it must be a mix of numbers and unique characters–hard to judge by others. Also, it is necessary to change passwords frequently, about after every three to six months.
If someone isn’t a big passcode fan, don’t worry! There are other options available such as face ID, PIN code, and fingerprint scanning are fast and easy alternatives to unlock the phone.
4. Never open strange texts
Hackers are busy sending dangerous links to smartphone users––mostly via text messages or emails. So for safety purpose, one should never open texts received from unknown numbers or click on any links. This is how a virus or malware enters our device that helps hackers to steal our personal data.
*Make a habit of deleting texts or emails sent by strangers.
5. Download apps from trusted playstore
There are many 3rd party apps available for the users. Likewise, a smartphone user should never click on links sent by unknown people; he or she should also never download any app from unknown platforms.
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