As technology advances, so does the use of smartphones. The number of mobile phone users all over the world is expected to exceed the 5 billion mark in 2019. Many people don’t leave home or work without their phones.
Smartphones have become the one-stop-shop to manage a business, whether it’s calling your home, checking your bank account or sending an email. Now, cybercriminals target smartphones due to their part in multifactor authentication to access a computer, mobile banking and shopping accounts. These accounts hold private data, credit card information and personally identifiable information. Smartphones have become another platform to review documents ahead of signing. It has become vital that you keep your phone secure with such information being viewed and stored on your phone.
Hackers aren’t the biggest risk to your phone, it’s you. Forgetting your phone at the table when you leave a restaurant, losing it at the airport or having it plucked from your purse are far more likely scenarios than getting hacked. Your phone security strategy should take that into account because hacking devices is on the rise too. Turning on the lock screen feature on all your devices is a good place to start. The screen automatically locks when the device is not in use, and it requires a passcode, fingerprint or facial recognition to unlock it. This step helps to ensure that no one can access your device if it is lost or stolen.
Here are some other great tips to help secure your mobile device:
-Make sure that your phone is always running with the latest version of its operating system and apps by activating automatic updates. These updates often are meant to fix security weaknesses in the software to reduce its chance of being hacked.
-Only use trusted sources such as the Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore when downloading apps to your phone. Many apps ask for broad permissions and no longer updated which could reveal your security unprotected.
-Download a trusted antivirus app recommended by a reliable source.
-Activate the software where you can remotely track your phone if it’s lost or stolen. There are many anti-theft apps available If your phone doesn’t have this feature. These apps range from simply pinging your phone’s location to being able to remotely lock and wipe all content from it.
-Back up your data. Many phones allow you to set up an automatic backup to store photos, messages, apps and more. Knowing this information is backed up will make it easier to choose to remotely wipe your phone, if needed.