Mobile Device Secure. If we were to ask you to rate your mobile security on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the best, what would the score be?
Most times, we have a false sense of security which could hurt us in the long run. Considering how much personal data we store on mobile phones these days, making sure these units are as safe as can be is necessary.
To help you answer the question above effectively, we will introduce some leaks that you might have to your mobile security – and what to do about them.
1 Mobile Password Strength
There are a lot of things on your smartphone in need of passwords.
To start with, your device itself requires a password for unlocking before you start doing any other thing. That trickles into the various accounts you can have on the phone. These could be app-based or website-based accounts, but that does not make the passwords less important.
Using one password for multiple accounts is a no-no. Your passwords should, likewise, not contain any personally-identifying information. Finally, the common 8-character password can be hacked by computers in mere seconds, so you need something more secure than that.
2 Security Software
This is the year 2020, and it will be extremely poor of you do not have any security software on your phone at all.
Installing an antivirus or antimalware software will keep you safe against malicious apps and files on the internet. This is especially true for users who download a lot of files on the internet, connect their smartphones to external computers, etc.
Likewise, have a VPN handy to encrypt your internet connection. This security software is very important for those that use free/ public Wi-Fi networks, considering the many hidden dangers of such networks.
3 Regulate App Permissions
If you do not regulate app permissions, you might be leaving too much to chance.
Some apps like to poke their noses into areas of your phone that they don’t have business being in. Other times, an app might require permission, but it should only be one-time and not ongoing. An example is a game that allows you to set a profile picture and thus, needs access to your gallery. However, there is no need to have ongoing access to your gallery once the upload has been done.
Not checking these app permissions could lead to a massive loss of data if such an app were to be breached by hackers. When you have plugged the permissions, though, you don’t stand to lose much.
One of the many ways to secure your mobile is by never sideloading apps of any kind.
Sideloading, in this case, refers to the download and installation of apps from sources other than the official application stores of your operating system.
More than just being a one-stop hub for most apps, these application stores also check your apps for safety. Thus, you can rest assured that you have a guardian angel constantly checking to see that the uploaded apps are safe for use. This is the kind of safety that you do not get on third-party app stores.
It is, thus, not uncommon for app publishers with malicious intent to host their apps on such platforms. Downloading apps from such sources is about the same thing as inviting the malware onto your device by yourself.
Keep these best practices in mind so you are always sure that your devices and traffic is safe and secure.
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