What measures should you take to keep your smartphone secure
After Jeff Bezos’ phone got hacked by a WhatsApp video file, smartphone users across the globe have raised privacy and security concerns. Forensic reports claim that over 6 gigabytes of data were stolen from his phone without his knowledge in the following months following the initial hack in May 2018.
If someone can hack the phone of the world’s richest man, how secure is your phone? While smartphones come with no guarantees, here are a few ways you can keep your phone safe.
You can secure your phone from low-level attacks to keep banking and private details like contacts, images safe from hackers. Install a paid version of an anti-virus application to scan for unnecessary files that could create a backdoor for hackers to gain access to your device.
Make sure to keep all your apps updated for the latest anti-malware protection. Application developers constantly update their security protocols to keep their app as well as your device safe so updating your apps is the best way to keep your device healthy.
Use facial, fingerprint recognition to retain access to authorised people only. Add a pattern or number lock on your phone right now, if you don’t have one already.
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to ensure anonymity and avoid being tracked. A VPN allows you to surf the web by pinging different servers from across the globe, keeping your true location hidden to avoid organisations and hackers tracking your location and actions. You can try free-VPNs but paid-VPNs are a great investment.
Avoid installing apps that ask for unnecessary access to your contacts, microphone, and camera. You can always revisit the settings and review app permissions but people seldom do so deny access the first time the app asks for permissions that are not vital.
Avoid connecting to free WiFi servers and charging your phone at airport terminals. Free WiFi hotspots at cafes and airports seem like a great way to save your data but it can open a path for hackers to install malware and use your data plan to exfiltrate information any time they want.
Keep your Bluetooth switched off to reduce points of entry for hackers. It will save your battery from unnecessarily looking for Bluetooth devices which can also serve as a gateway for unauthorized people to gain access to your phone and data stored on it.
What measures have you taken to secure your phone and data? Tell us in the comments below!