9 Top Ways To Protect Your Smartphone From Cyber Attacks

Cyber Attacks

With the world living in the Internet era, we are spending more than our average time on our Smartphone and tablet devices. Moreover, the array of apps allow us to remain connected and share our whereabouts with the world. The Internet world is like an ocean. The freedom to access the vast world of the Internet to our benefit has made us the target of vicious attacks on our digital identity by hackers.

The only means of saving us from this breach is to authenticate our digital identity by means of passwords or biometrics. However, the ‘IBM Security: Future of Identity’ Study suggested that millennials are more at the risk of being hacked as they are not good at creating complex passwords. It says that young adults rely more on biometrics and multi-factor authentication rather than following the good old traditional password method.

According to a study by the Federal Reserve, over 40% of Smartphone users utilize mobile banking and other phone-based financial services making our Smartphone the centre of all our activities, personal and professional. Thus mobile devices are fast becoming the centre for cybercrime and hacking. So we have these nine tips for you to hack-proof your Smartphone.

An Updated Device is a Safe Device

To keep your Smartphone safe from hackers, keep your software updated. The idea of updating apps every once in a while seem tedious and intrusive, but it safeguards your phone against the potential security hole that leads to the breach of security. Telcos are now providing real-time data usage and management provision through dedicated apps. With the rapid emergence of high-speed processors and RAM modules, the installation of antivirus software is just an icing on the cake.

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Download and Install only from Trusted Sources

We have a lot of apps installed on phones but are they all legit? Review and research about any app before installing, as many apps from untrusted sources contain malware that can steal your data or cause harm to your phone by embedding virus files. Be a smart surfer and avoid using the open wireless network to steer clear of intrusion. Use VPN tools to surf, in case you have to use the open wireless networks for a private encrypted network and surf on secure “https” sites.

While granting permission to an app from the app store/play store, pay attention the permissions it asks for. The various permissions allow apps to access your files, camera, and microphone, which can later be used by potential abusers. There are many rogue third-party apps on Android as well as iOS that compromise the safety of your Smartphone data.

Set a Password And Use Encryption

Password has to be complex and should be carefully chosen. We should create passwords that are harder to crack but easier to remember. You should also be careful not to reuse the old password, as it eases the accessibility for hackers. We would suggest you generate a mix of alphabets, numbers, and symbols as password manually without making use of the automated generator. The reason is you really don’t know whether the password is saved somewhere on the web.

Be Creative with your Security Questions

Security questions are information that is readily available online these days, so be very careful what you answer. You can be creative and create an answer that only you will be able to relate to.

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Store Passwords in a Digital Vault

In this virtual world, where everything is digital and requires passwords, it gets difficult to remember all of them. To avoid this most of us use the same password all our accounts, which is a strict no-no for security. Create separate passwords for all accounts and use a digital vault to keep all your passwords safe. Never ever write them down on your phone notepad. You can write the password on a regular ruled/un-ruled notebook and not inside the smartphone or any other device.

Anti-Theft Protection

We all have sometime or the other been through the frustration of our phone being stolen and the fear of our pictures and data being public. In such situations, the first thing to do is report the theft to your local police and then we need to register the number as stolen with the wireless provider. This helps ‘bricking’ the phone so that it cannot be activated on any other wireless network without your permission. You can also locate a lost or stolen device using mobile security apps.

Secure your Smartphone with Vodafone Shield

Vodafone Red ShieldWe tend to do most of our financial transactions, purchases, and conversation using our Smartphone devices, which makes it highly attractive for hackers. Malware protection and security software will allow you to remotely lock or delete data in case of loss or theft. You can easily track your device using these software. Vodafone provides ways to keep your information locked up tight in your Smartphone with your postpaid connection. With Vodafone RED Shield and Vodafone Super Shield, you can protect your personal and business data as well as keep your identity protected. It provides a comprehensive security solution for Smartphone devices to protect them from data hacks and malware issue along with a theft cover.

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The Future with Biometrics

The future is here and password as the only means to safeguard is not sufficient. The era of biometric authentication uses physical and behavioral traits to ensure privacy for consumers. However, with a fingerprint or a voice signature, it is always a good idea to back them up with a passcode. These measures will ensure to secure your digital identity and data.

Reset Factory Settings

No, it is not some factory jargon but the key to remove all your private data from your Smartphone device before you sell, donate or recycle it. It always is in the best of your interest to completely wipe the data off of your phone to its initial factory settings before giving it away.

With the increasing intrusion of the internet in our daily lives, it is our responsibility to take care of our data and protect ourselves online. The dangers of the road have come nearer to us with our smart devices and it is our intelligence that will keep them away, so learn to outsmart the bullies.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com