The use of mobile devices has seen a drastic increase in recent years, specifically in internet usage. This has also led to an increase in the number of attacks and viruses that we’re seeing.
Once your phone has fallen victim to hackers, it becomes easier to gain access to your other devices that are connected. This means that keeping your phone protected is paramount. In this article, we talk about the ways you can keep your smartphone secure from these viruses and attacks.
Update Your Software and OS
Keeping your apps and operating system updated is one of the easiest ways to stay secure from hackers and attacks, and it’s also one of the most important. These software updates usually include some form of security improvements or bug fixes that protects your phone from attackers and breaches. These don’t take long in most cases, so it’s imperative to update immediately once you see that one is available to keep your device safe.
Use a Passcode and Lock Your Phone
While it can be tedious, creating a passcode is one of the few ways to prevent your personal information from being compromised if you lose or misplace your phone. Hackers will go after your contacts, emails, and messages because they could include extremely sensitive information. It’s also smart to include passwords for other apps with valuable information such as your banking apps or even your notes if you keep passwords there.
Be Cautious of Spam/Install an Antivirus App
Just like on your computer or laptop, one of the easiest ways for hackers to gain access to your information is by email. These phishing attempts come with links or attachments that prompt you to sign in to accounts. It is extremely difficult to distinguish fake emails from real ones, so it’s a safe practice to always enter the website yourself to sign as opposed to following a link from an email.
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Adding an antivirus application can also be beneficial in combatting phishing emails and other scams because they equip your phone with added security. These apps double-check attachments and links that come through from emails, texts, social media, etc. to make sure the files aren’t infected.
Avoid Public WIFI
Public WIFI networks such as airports, restaurants, and hotels usually don’t require passwords or any type of authentication, making it easy for hackers to access your information. This happens because they can position themselves between your device and what is called a connection point. It is imperative that you only use WIFI on a network with and passcode and that you can trust. Otherwise, you must use your cellular data to keep your information secure. This goes for Bluetooth as well.
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