Tips to Safeguard your Smartphones
Smartphones have made our life easier, it has earned a space in our life. So it should be treated with care and secured against any wrongdoing hacking or stealing. If you are not careful, losing your smartphone may mean more than just a loss in contacts and phone numbers i.e. your social media accounts, synced files, important documents, your emails, photos and messages.
If you are not carefully with your phone’s security, your entire information can be traceable and downloadable.
Few tips to safeguard your phone are:
1. Do Not Save All of Your Passwords
- Many users tend to save their passwords to online services and sites on their device. Avoid having all important passwords saved in your device particularly when it comes to banking or payment apps.
2. Use Android In-built Security
- There are many types of screen locks available for you to choose from such as password, pin, pattern and face unlock, available in your Android settings.
- Even when setting pins or pattern locks, try not to make it easy for hackers to guess your password.
3. Lock Your Apps
- It is necessary to lock your apps, especially the ones holding private information that you wish nobody but you could see. This is a second layer of security to prevent anyone from using your lost device particularly if they have managed to bypass your locked Android.
- Avoid using a combination of a pin or pattern lock that can be traceable from the smudges of your screen
4. The importance of app permissions
- Before you begin installing an app from Google Play, a list of requested permissions will pop up to show you what permission the app requires. Apps require permissions to do things but not all of them are necessary.
- Always read through the permissions to make sure they make sense and correspond to what the app actually does. An alarm app does not require a permission to access your text messages. This is a real important step because not all apps in the Play Store are safe.
5. Securing Your Network
- One of the most important thing in protecting your Android is to secure your network.
- Try to avoid using public WiFi whenever you want to do something important like doing your banking online. As long you are sharing the same network with the public, they can easily sniff out your packets and translate it into actual data of your private information i.e. your passwords.
6. Prepare A Backup Of Your Data
- A backup of your precious data is a must-have in the day and age of smartphones. Picture the worst case scenario where your Android device has been stolen or hacked. The last thing you can do is perform a remote wipe.
- Without a backup, you will lose all your information in your device.
7. Track Your Lost Device
- If you have a backup already but you really want to get your lost device back. You have to enable GPS on your phone for it to be tracked. There are plenty of device-tracking apps for Android that can help you locate your lost or stolen device, some can even turn on the GPS on your phone remotely.