In-depth Guide to Securing your Mobile Phone

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Smartphone technology offers many conveniences in addition to conventional mobile phones. However, the technology also helps unauthorized persons steal personal information saved on the device. The GPS system enables some smart hacker to know exactly where you are at any point in time. They can use the information collected from the handsets in a way that is detrimental to the handset owner.  High-end mobile phones can be wiped clean and utilized by the person who has it. There will be no way the phone can be traced after such a cleaning. There are still ways to prevent or minimize dangers, however.

Securing your Mobile Phone

The list of measures for securing your mobile phone and information in it includes:

  1. Use privacy settings of popular apps and websites

Facebook has a provision to retrieve hacked accounts. Facebook also has a provision that allows others to post on your profile page. However, it is possible to control that as well. There are several privacy options or settings available on Facebook that prevent others from accessing your account, and information, especially about friends, subscribers, etc. Also, it is possible to restrict websites, apps, and others from access data with the help of such privacy settings. Search engines can also be limited from accessing your information through such settings. Twitter has a way to identify spam by obtaining a longer form of the URL. Privacy settings, secure connection, and personalization are the three other safeguards on Twitter. Some personal information about changing the password may be asked. Resetting the password gives access to the hacked account, and lets the account holder check the apps responsible for the problem.

  1. Remember to install security software

Not many people think that mobile handsets require antivirus software. But there are handset specific antivirus programs available on the market. Some of these are free. This includes products from Bitdefender Antivirus, such as Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android devices. Scanning apps are available from well-known mobile and desktop security providers such as McAfee, Symantec, Juniper, and Norton.

  1. Be careful with apps and give permissions carefully

Proprietary software has several security features one of which is apps specific permission. Every time any app is downloaded, the chances are that some virus, malware, or spyware accompanies it. Ideally, using apps from reliable sources is advised, but people do opt for other apps. At such times, the proprietary software warns you and seeks permission. That is the time to be cautious and paying attention to what is being asked instead of hurriedly giving permission. Like with desktop security, it is necessary to update the basic software programs on the device, as these would have additional security features.

  1. Finding a lost phone

A lost smartphone can prove to be a bonanza for some unscrupulous person. It is, however, possible to locate the device if some apps for finding the device are installed beforehand.

  1. Be careful with the information you share and store

Files like JPEG give information about location, date and time. Extension such as EXIF in GPS enabled image taking devices, i.e., cameras, to handle this. The feature is useful in some contexts, however, the information can also be misused if it falls into the wrong hands. Therefore, deleting such extensions at the time of sharing images from smartphones and digital cameras is advisable.

  1. Do not visit notorious websites that are known for attaching viral content

Some sites and pages are the preferred options for attaching viral content. You have a choice here. Either you are prepared to lose personal information from your phone, and put yourself at the risk of being hacked, or you avoid such files, pages, websites, etc. This includes some fashion blogs, advertisement sites, websites with adult content, music files, etc.

Conclusion

While it is not possible entirely prevent viruses and malware, it is possible to restrict them. New viruses, spyware, and malware are created every day, and antivirus software developers, as well as proprietary software developers, are working hard to keep such viruses away. But some effort is due from the users of these devices as well.

About Sarvesh Darak

Sarvesh Darak is a blogger, an online marketer, a social media specialist and an Android Lover. At Best Android Blog, he writes Android news & tutorials for Android Rooting. He is the tech head and ensures that the blog keeps running at good pace. He also looks after all the SEO and promotion work. He’s from Surat, India and keep contributing regularly at the blog.

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