Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives and we have to accept the fact that our survival without them is just not possible. Knowing that, it is necessary to keep our mobile phones working, and of course safe from both internal and external threats. For this purpose we have created this guide which will help you in keeping your beloved smartphone safe and secure.
Secure Your Smartphone
Smartphones have a lot of advantages and their usage has certainly made our lives a whole lot comfortable. However, you have to be careful when using your smartphones because the dangers are always lurking on the internet and can affect your device in a big way. There are a large number of hackers or crackers that will try to exploit your mobile phones with malware, spyware and trojans. The only way to avoid them is by having a strong anti-virus on your mobile phone. You will find a ton of anti-virus apps on your service providers’ respective stores.
This is the easiest way for crackers to hack into your phone without you knowing about it. You may receive links through an e-mail or SMS but don’t click on those links unless you are certain that they will not lead to any malware. There are a ton of apps available on the stores and most of them are just clones of one popular app. Hackers use this to trick newbies into installing malicious software on to their smartphones.
For example, if you search for Temple Run, you will find so many apps with similar titles. One of these apps might contain malware which you might install if you are not careful. The only way to know which one is the original is to do a little research. This might take some time but it will help keep your smartphone safe.
Whenever there’s a new update for the platform you are using, be sure to upgrade right away. These updates bring numerous patches, changes and fixes and are done to ensure that your experience does not get affected in any way. Apps also receive updates on regular basis and if you are using them, then it is safe to stay updated.
Don’t Install Anything From Unknown Sources
There are a lot of sources to download from when using the smartphones. However, your best option is to go for the service providers’ official store as it is usually safer. There is an option in almost every smartphone that asks whether downloading from unknown sources should be allowed or not. Although, enabling this option will let you download anything from anywhere, it will come at the cost of your safety.
Major app stores do their best to get rid of malware, spyware and trojans beforehand but sometimes they slip through the cracks. One way to avoid these issues is to read all the permissions before downloading something. We know it’s a difficult task for but to ensure your smartphone’s safety, just go through all the permissions once. Reading them will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the app, and it will also show what the app will be taking control of once it has been successfully installed.
Be Careful With Public Network
When you are travelling or just outside your regular network zone, be careful in connecting to a public internet connection. Public networks are not safe by any means and whatever information you put in your smartphones while using them can be hacked into by any skilled individual. Even if you have to use a public network, make sure that no sensitive information is shared or left unprotected.
You can stop anyone from invading your phone by following the aforementioned steps, but there will be no saving you if your mobile phone gets stolen. Keeping this scenario in mind, it is advised that you don’t save your passwords on your mobile phones or at least change them as soon as your mobile gets stolen. There are also several mobile tracking software available that can keep track of your mobile phone activity. Make sure to keep such software installed on your smartphones because a need for them can arise anytime.