SmartPhone Security: 5 Tips For Mobile Protection

SmartPhone SecurityWe all have a good idea of how to protect our computers, but have you ever given smartphone security much thought?
You might not realize it, but you store just as much personal information on your smartphone as you do your computer. Think of all the times you’ve checked your emails, bank accounts, or even did a little online shopping on your mobile device. All these actions can make you vulnerable for an attack.
Today we are going to cover 5 easy ways to implement smartphone security.
1.) Passcodes
Passcodes or lock patterns are built into all phones. Take advantage of this smartphone security feature and turn yours on. If you are using any apps that store personal information, such as financial or note apps, they may also have a passcode feature built-in to the app. Use both. The extra security will save you in case someone decides to snoop when your phone is not in your immediate possession.
2.) Protect Your Online Accounts
Both Apple and Google have accounts that connect all your data together for convenience sake. But in reality, this can cause problems if someone is able to negate your password. They will be able to access every account that’s connected and could even wipe your iPhone, iPad, or other Mac device. Therefore, use the 2-step verification processes that both companies have in order to ensure complete protection.
3.) Choose Your Apps Wisely
We’ve written a few times in our blog regarding recent malicious apps that have appeared in either the Google or Apple stores. Even with all the regulations set in place, sadly, some malicious apps still make it past the security.
Be smart and develop your own smartphone security by researching an app before installing it. Check reviews, check to see if they have a website, etc.
4.) Access Websites Via Their Apps
If at all possible, for optimum smartphone security always access a website through their app. Most businesses have created their own apps, especially banks for online banking. While all secure websites still work on smartphones, the apps will have extra layers of security and when entering sensitive information into your phone, the more secure the better.
5.) Disable Wireless When You Can
Whenever you are not at home, it’s best to disable wireless. Not only will it save you battery power but it can also keep your phone from automatically connecting to public Wi-Fi connections without your knowledge.
We recently wrote a blog article about how AT&T phones always automatically connect to a certain Wi-Fi connection allowing someone with malicious intent to mimic this connection. Therefore, unless you are on a trusted Wi-Fi (public Wi-Fis do not count) then always use 3G or 4G as those are a secure connection.
The tips above are a good start but do you have any additional smartphone security tips? Let us know!
As always, if you would like any assistance with completing any of the tips mentioned, contact our help desk directly at 08055176947 for a certified technician to assist.

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