Most smartphone users use their device to store everything they come across in their lives. From storing photos and videos to account numbers, passwords and other vital information. It is of the utmost importance to protect your smartphone. Here are some simple but effective steps you can take to protect your mobile assets and have peace of mind.
Here are tips to secure your phone:
- Use a strong password and use the autolock feature.
- Do not rely on a fingerprint scanner to lock your smartphone.
- Set your smartphone to be erased after a certain number of incorrect password entry attempts.
- Use a cloud service to backup your smartphone such as iCloud or DropBox.
- Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. Some attackers use Bluetooth to breakin.
- Do not download apps that you do not trust.
- Do not give apps which you don’t trust fully, access to your camera, microphone or GPS.
- Have the “remote wipe” feature enabled in settings. If your phone is lost or stolen you can remotely wipe off all its data, with the security that all your data is regularly backed up.
- Do not allow apps or browsers to save your login credentials.
- For privacy, you can turn on lock-screen notifications, especially those that have potentially sensitive information.
The above list is far from being extensive but it makes a good starting point.