5 tips to protect your smartphone
With the continuous increase in smartphone penetration, you need to consider security issues. Smartphones are like mini computers. They have the ability to store data that is accessible via email, a cloud-based web application, or some type of internal or external storage.
Smartphones are valuable and you should consider what would happen if your mobile device falls into the wrong hands. Here are five tips on how you can protect your smartphone
Tip 1: Use password protection
It’s easy to set up password protection on your phone. It’s most likely in your phone’s security settings. If you can’t find the option, check online or your phone’s manual to see how to enable this. Most people password protect their computer but don’t feel the need for a mobile device, but this is the first security step you should take.
Tip 2: Remote wipe of phone data
After you have protected your mobile phone with a passcode or passcode, you may still want to further protect the data stored on your phone with remote wipe. Remote wipe will wipe your phone data and restore all factory settings. This isn’t something you want to do unless you’re sure you’ve lost your phone.
To set up remote wipe if you have an iPhone, you’ll need to sign up for a paid MobileMe account. You then need to set up your phone to enable wipe if you need it. Android phones running below 2.2 have remote wipe built in, but you’ll also need Exchange. Since remote wipe using Exchange can only be done by an Exchange administrator, the better option would be to use the Mobile Defense app. This is a free app from the Android Marketplace that will allow you to perform a wipe from the Mobile Defense website.
If your phones are using Windows 7 phones, they can be remotely wiped using Outlook Web Access.
Tip 3: Do not save sensitive data
If you use your phone to access your internet banking or log in to all your favorite sites, don’t set your smartphone to automatically remember passwords. If your phone is lost or taken by someone else, your account can be easily accessed.
Many people have their home and address stored on their phone, this information can be used for fraud if your phone is lost or stolen. However, by using a password or remote wipe tools as described above, you can prevent your data from leaking.
Tip 4: Watch what you click
Smartphones, like computers, can be affected by malware, computer viruses and phishing scams. If you receive a suspicious email or SMS, do not click on any links, just as you would on your computer. Phishing scams can be used to steal your passwords and important information, and are often very cleverly disguised as such by your bank.
Tip 5: Be careful what you install
If you download or install a new app, make sure it’s from a trusted source. The advantage of smartphones is that there are thousands of applications and games to expand their functionality. Only use official app stores, otherwise you might find malicious code injected into your app that will transmit a virus to your phone.
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