From pictures to email and bank account passwords, our smartphones carry a lot of our personal, and private information. Unfortunately, hackers and thieves have become aware of this and the use of phone malware has been on the rise. The good news is that there are things that you can do to help protect yourself. Here is a bit more information on keeping your phone, and the information on it, safe from prying eyes:
Never Leave Your Phone Unattended
This seems obvious, but between busy schedules, full hands and coffee runs, we all have left our phones unattended for some small timespan. Leaving your phone unsecured is never a good idea and while the nice person that you may have asked to watch your belongings may not run off with your phone and credit card, they may be tempted to snoop a bit into your private information.
Download a Reliable Antivirus
In most cases, you can download an iPhone or Android antivirus app
for free. When downloading, make sure that your app comes from a reliable place such as Apple Store or Google Play. Among the antivirus apps’ benefits is the fact that most apps will let you remotely delete your data if your phone is ever stolen.
Keep Your Phone Updated
Your iPhone or Android antivirus and operating systems should all be updated on a regular basis to keep you from getting hacked. You should also take advantage of your antivirus app by enabling any data encryption and password protections that are available.
Avoid Apps That Ask for Info
Some apps ask to access your personal information through Facebook or email. While these may seem like fun- especially if you are taking a Facebook Quiz about your Personality Color or Your Disney Lookalike, you should never grant an app that you do not trust access to your accounts. If you are asked permission, deny the app and navigate away from that page.
While there is no guarantee that your phone will never be hacked, you can rest easier knowing that your phone is better protected and that your personal information is safe if you follow these tips.