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5 Ways to Secure Data on Your Phone

Mobiles are the most personal things in our lives that we don’t even trust our family members when it comes to the matter of giving our personal mobile to anyone even for few minutes. This reveals the extent to which we are conscious about the personal data that our mobile contains. Our bookmarks, emails, contacts, photo gallery and even our apps are among things that we don’t want anyone to gain access to. This is one of many reasons that promote isolation among the members of society because they usually want to spend more time with their mobiles than any other person in the entire world.

On the other hand, there are many people who being consciously aware of the personal data in their mobiles do not even bother to create a password on the lock screen just because of their laziness. Our mobiles contain such things that its privacy must be our paramount concern. Businessmen, who use their mobiles for business, tend to be more protective of their mobiles than anybody else because they know the price that they will have to pay if their mobile gets lost or goes into wrong hands.

However, security is not only the problem of businessmen but of every person alike. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is you should establish a password on your smartphone. It might be weary at first that you would have to type the password again and again whenever you use your phone but it is the best way to protect your mobile from data loss especially if your mobile gets lost. There are also many types of software that, if you think your mobile might have gone into the wrong hands, can help you erase all data on your phone like Android Device Manager and iCloud.

Here is a list of 5 ways that will help you secure data on your mobile.

  1. Averting Unauthorized Access

You cannot stay with your mobile all the time because of many reasons, but how would you make sure that it is protected and nobody is trying to access your data? You can make sure by installing applications like app locker, and by confirming that the important applications and media files are protected by a password. These app locker applications will make sure that nobody gets access to your personal data.

The next generation app lockers are even better and go one step further in order to protect your data. Fingerprint unlock, uninstall prevention and parental control are things that this new generation app locker provides you apart from much more interesting features. Some apps even capture the photo of the intruder who is trying to get access to data on your mobile.

 

  1. Install Only Trusted Apps

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Despite so much technological advancement and awareness, most people still don’t know that apps can be used for data theft. The stores of many trusted companies like Apple’s iTunes and Android’s Play Store make sure that no malicious software gets into their store and they try their best to reduce spam activities. But, if you are downloading software from a source other than the standard one then there is no guarantee that it will not harm you in any way. It can destroy all data on your computer as well as hackers can use this method to steal your data.

There are many websites that do not even care about the security of their website, let alone implementation. For this purpose, before installing any software or app you should make sure that the application can be trusted by searching about it on the internet and reading its reviews. You must instantly recognize that any app that is asking for your bank account or credit card is surely a spam. Another thing you should notice carefully is the app permission bar that appears when you install any application. Make sure the app isn’t asking for unnecessary permissions, if it is, uncheck those boxes.

  1. Use Antivirus Software

In the modern technological world, the biggest threats are malware and viruses. Viruses and malware can cause multiple problems like loss of data, loss of personal information, and difficulty in using apps because these viruses reduce the speed of your mobile to a minimum.

Modern day viruses are so complex that they can leak your most personal information like credit card numbers, social security number, browsing history and multimedia files. Thus, antivirus is far more important than a mere recommendation; you should think of it as a necessity.

  1. Remote Wiping and Anti-Theft

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Despite all the necessary precautions, if your mobile is lost physically, then the first thing you should be doing is locking your mobile remotely and erasing all the data on your mobile in order to protect your personal information. If you are amazed at such revelation that you can control and lock your mobile remotely, then you should check the corresponding built-in features of many well-known mobiles. You don’t have to install any additional software; all you need to do is explore your mobile.

With the help of the internet, you can access your mobile in case it is lost, and then you can erase all the data and set up a password that would be very difficult to crack. You may not be able to secure your mobile back, but you will surely secure your data this way.

  1. Securing Network and Avoiding Public Wi-Fi

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Securing your network is very important because if you are using a network that is public you can easily become a victim or prey in the hands of hackers. If it’s an absolute necessity that you have to connect to public Wi-Fi because no other option is available, then don’t make any money transactions and also avoid logging into your bank accounts.

In cases when you are using a public network, using a VPN might be a good option because it will hide your identity. Some people think that even VPN is of no use when you are using a public network, but still, it will add some security.

This article is written by Lisa Myers, She works at Rebateszone. She is a software engineer by profession.

Naser Mohd Baig
 

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David Elorts - January 11, 2017

Great article Lisa. If talking about data security on a smartphone, I would also emphasize importance of proper timely system updates and usage of strong passwords. Cheers!

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