It’s obvious that we rely on our smartphones on a daily basis. Online shopping, social media, banking and tons of other things are now used primarily on smartphones. The security on our device though, has never really garnered a lot of focus or attention from both the industry, or us consumers.
Perhaps we forget that our mobile devices essentially just miniature computers, liable to threats and damage just like our laptops. A recent study indicated that about half of our PCs are protected with anti-virus programs. That value is only 5% on our smartphones and tablets (you should get yourself an Antivirus for your phone). Android, the most used mobile operating system in the world, is naturally the most targeted by most cyber criminals.
It’s obvious then, that a lot more attention ought to be paid to securing your Android device.
#1 – Secure your home screen
The most obvious and basic protection to get started with – use a PIN or a password to lock your home screen. Sure, unlocking the phone with a PIN every time could be inconvenient. But isn’t losing your personal, confidential data to the wrong hands worse? All Android devices allow users to set a PIN, password, or a pattern based lock screen.
#2 – Do not save your passwords
Another matter of safety versus convenience – most of us tend to save our passwords on online severs and sites. If an unfriendly person were to get a hold on your smartphone, they will now have access to all your logins. Avoid saving passwords online, especially for banking and payment apps.
#3 – Review App Permissions
When you install an app from the Google Play Store – always go through the permissions it requires and only grant those that you believe will help the app serve its purpose. For example, there’s no need for an online shopping app to be using your mic.
#4 – Secure your network
Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks. These networks are prone to attacks that could steal your data midway through transmissions. Encrypt your outgoing connections from VPN apps if possible to protect your personal information. Better still – just use your home Wi-Fi, or mobile data to access the internet.
#5 -Track Your Phone’s Location
If you have Cashify’s app installed, you could enable the Anti-theft feature on your phone, allowing you to pinpoint your device’s location if it is ever stolen or lost. You could then remotely wipe your device to prevent any loss of data.
Security may seem like an inconvenient process most of us would rather avoid. But in an age where the number of threats to devices continues to increase exponentially, there really is no other option except for securing your smartphone (and all your critical data within it). All of this will go a long way in keeping your data away from unauthorised entities!