Having a mobile is like having a computer in your pocket accessible 24/7. For convenience, many of us have linked our debit cards to our mobiles, use emails on our phones and keep screenshots of confidential information on our phones. While this may make life easier, it means if your device is stolen or hacked, the consequences can be much more severe.
Keeping your digital device secure doesn’t have to be difficult, implement the steps below to help keep your personal device safe.
Use lock-screen security
Lock screen security can be set up in seconds and can reduce the chances of your phone being compromised greatly. Phones with lock screen security will immediately be more off-putting for thieves and hackers. If your phone supports a bio-metric log-in, use that option. Otherwise use a pin/pattern code that is unique to you, avoid easy to break codes such as 12345 etc.
Install an Anti-virus app
You wouldn’t have a computer without anti-virus so why not protect your personal device also? Anti-virus apps are a great method of preventing an attack before it’s too late and your device has been compromised. Most anti-virus providers now come with multi-device protection at no additional cost, so shop around when looking for an anti-virus provider.
Avoid Public Networks
Public Networks like shopping centres and airports can be tempting to connect to save your data, but it can come at a cost. Public networks are available to everyone, making it easier for hackers to access information once connected to the network.
If you’re frequently on the go and have to use public networks, it’s recommending using a VPN to help lower the risks of hackers accessing your phone. A VPN hides your IP address, giving that extra layer of security.
Keep personal information off your phone
Storing information in your phone such as log-in passwords, contact details and photos of documents such as passwords and driving licences is convenient, but it your phone is ever stolen or hacked this can mean your personal information falls into the wrong hands.
Use password manager apps instead of saving log in details on your phone and make it a good practice of cleaning up your phone occasionally of sensitive data.
Regularly update your phone’s software
When the ‘Update your software’ notification appears it can be tempting to hit the remind me later button, but software updates are more important than we think.
Software updates are a vital part of keeping your phone secure, hackers may target outdated systems as newer updates contain improvements to your devices security.
Be aware of Cyber Attack methods
Scams like phishing are commonly associated with computers but now with many people using email on the go, mobile cyber attacks are increasing. Hackers may use text or email, to send a malicious link to your device and once opened use this as an entry point to access your system.
Being aware of popular cyber attacks means you may be more cautious and possibly prevent becoming the victim of a cyber-attack.