Technology has changed the way we think, socialize, learn, work, play, manage our lives, bank, shop, entertain ourselves, and stay informed about important global events. Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. If you own a Smartphone then you are making yourself vulnerable to hacks. With the rising threat of cyber criminals stealing information from smartphones, you need to be extra cautious with your smartphone. In 2018, there has been a significant rise in the number of cyber attacks on smartphones.
Smartphones are something we can’t really do without. With rapidly increasing technology and features, smartphones have become the most commonly used gadget in the world. Along with the numerous features and tons of data comes the fear of hacking. There are a lot of spying eyes set on your personal data and information but not to worry anymore. Here we’re gonna share with you a few tips that will help you keep your treasure box (smartphone) safe.
1. Avoid Replying To Spam Mails/Messages
The spam mails/messages are nothing but the junk or advertisements sent to the user by the spammers. Sometimes the spam mails also contain the virus to infect your computer with spam. So it is very important to avoid opening or replying to spam mails/messages.
These types of messages contain links which are displayed in such a way that you feel curious to find out what’s inside and that tap makes a way for the hackers to get into your device and collect your Personal Information.
2. Avoid Using Public Wifi
The free wifi at public places is another source of seeking information from a personal device. The well-skilled hackers are aware of numerous ways through which they can get access to everything you do online once you connect to wifi without proper encryption. Public Wifi is a security risk and should be avoided at all costs. Connecting to public wifi is like sending your credit card details over the internet. Laptops and mobile devices that connect to public wifi hotspots without a VPN connection are at risk for identity theft and privacy abuse.
To save yourself from this mess try avoiding public wifi as much as you can or if you connect to public wifi try connecting through the VPN tool available on your phone. The VPN tool helps to encrypt your activity and saves you from the vulnerability of being spied on.
3. Be Careful of What You Install On Your Smartphone
There are uncountable apps available on the AppStore in any smartphone. All the applications available look extremely entertaining or useful in some way or the other, which makes you install them on the go. Whenever you install an application on your phone be careful about what permission it asks you for and what all data on your phone it will get access to. Android users should pay special attention to this as there are a lot of malicious apps on the play store and usually take time to be spotted and taken down.
4. Always Keep Your Phone Locked
The easiest way to get into someone’s smartphone is physical access. It is important that you always keep your cell phones locked. This will help to protect your personal information that you store on it. A locked phone can also prevent unauthorized use of your phone if it is stolen. A locked phone prevents others from accessing your favorite apps, information on the phone or on the sim card, or even allowing others to make calls on your subscription. Always Keep your smartphone safe by activating the passcode.
Make Sure You Clear Your Data When You Sell Out Your Smartphone
As more and more people are selling their smartphones online, it is crucial to make sure that any data on your phone is clear of your personal information before you sell it. If there is any evidence of your online activity or stored logins or passwords, you could potentially be putting yourself at risk of identity theft. The information you ignore to delete can act as a loop for the hacker to source your personal information. To save yourself from this mess make sure your phone is totally blank when it goes out of your hands.
Every coin has it’s two sides. Similarly with growing technology and increasing use of it comes responsibility and alertness, the responsibility of keeping yourself safe from the adverse or negative outcomes of it.