Nowadays, mobile phones are a small big gateway to our entire digital world. With them, we can access our most sensitive and confidential information, both financial and personal. Cybercriminals know this, so they are also directing their attacks on these devices. It is important to learn how to increase their security with these simple tips:
Improve the security of your smartphone
By protecting access with automatic locking mechanisms, you will help keep your mobile phone more secure when you are not using it. And if the phone is lost, this measure prevents anyone from accessing the information it contains. You can use a pattern, a PIN and/or set up biometric recognition for devices that allow it.
It is essential to keep your smartphone's operating system, whether Android or iOS, updated with the latest available version. Security vulnerabilities can arise in almost any software version. These vulnerabilities are corrected by installing the latest version. Therefore, you must set up automatic update of new versions and accept them as soon as your device notifies you of this. This recommendation not only applies to the operating system, but also to all installed apps.
Sometimes we forget that a smartphone is just a small pocket computer and that it can, therefore, also suffer the same cyberattacks as our other devices connected to the Internet.
There are different antimalware options, both paid and free. It is important that your antimalware is always up-to-date.
Make sure you do it from official stores: The Play Store for Android and the App Store for iOS. But that does not mean that all the apps available through these stores are secure or respect your privacy. You should also pay attention to the privileges requested and assess whether they are justified or excessive for the functionality that the app is going to offer.
This article will explain everything you need to take into account before accepting the download of an app. It is up to you whether to accept these requests.
At the airport, in the hotel, in the bar, on the street... it is getting easier and easier to find public Wi-Fi networks that allow any user to connect
Although they can get you out of a fix when you don't have any data on your mobile, you need to take certain precautions. If you decide to use them, remember that you should never access services that require a username and password, or other personal or confidential data (such as your online banking, online shopping, access to email etc.). Public WiFi networks could be compromised, consequently, your data could be intercepted by cybercriminals.
And not only for the most obvious reason, recovering your information in the event of loss or theft of your mobile. You will also be protecting all your data against malware infections, especially ransomware, which encrypt the content of your files and ask you for a ransom in bitcoins if you want to recover the information.
With your backup, this "hijacking" of your information won't ruin your day, as you will have your information secure on another device or in the cloud.
If you have applied the first tip, applying an access lock on your mobile such as a pattern or PIN, or even additional biometric recognition, you will have made it much more difficult for those who love what isn't theirs to take possession of your device and the information it contains. Even so, you should try to lock it remotely.
To do this, it is important that you know the IMEI, your device's ID number. With this number, you can request your operator to lock your mobile, and it will also help you file a report with the police.