Day by day, we’re increasing our exposure to technology, and development in the field of technology is making us rely on our mobile phones more. Today almost all our data is stored inside our mobile phone, from our pictures to our friend’s video, from our bank details to our personal information; everything is stored inside a mobile phone.
In today’s time we have witnessed a lot of cases were mobile data was breached, and this lead to individual’s identity theft, deduction of a huge amount from the bank account. The possibility of what all can happen if your data leaks; are not specified, leading to make things more scary. There are numerous possibilities that we haven’t witnessed or explored yet. We buy a locker because we understand the importance of money, and how much financial damage it can create if it goes in wrong hand, similarly we need to understand the importance of protecting our mobile data, and how much damage it can create if it goes in wrong hand. Here’s are list of few steps about ‘how you can use to protect your mobile data?’
Use password or biometric lock
The most common way someone can have access to your mobile data, is by simply taking away your phone. With help of a single swipe can have access to your mobile data, so use a password, pattern, or a biometric lock to keep your data safe. Password or biometric lock will not only keep your data safe, but in case someone steals your phone then they need to format the phone to access it without knowing the password; making your data completely safe. Also, try not to share your password with anyone.
Do not use open unsecured Wi-Fi
Stay away from free open hotspots, and Wi-Fi. Hackers hack these Wi-Fi, or setup these free open hotspot, and with help of the Wi-Fi connectivity, they send malware in your phone. This malware will help hacker in transferring all the information present in your phone. They can also know your IP address, making it is easy to track your location.
Be careful with App permissions
Every app asks for some permission, but along with some required permission they also ask for permission’s which is not at all required by the app. For example your dictionary app asks permission to access your gallery. In reality, you know there is no need for such permission to be granted to an app where you don’t have to share picture. Granting them permission means giving them access to your personal photos, videos, and contacts. Be wise with permission, and you can go to settings and change these app permissions if you want to.
Use a reputed company’s VPN
VPN can be every helpful in protecting your data, VPN can encrypt all your internet activity. Making your activity on the internet, and apps safe. VPN also help you hide your location making it near to impossible for someone to track your phone.
Keep your device updated
In most of the cases hackers try to hack the phone which are not updated; it’s easier to break their security, compare to the phone’s with updated Android version. Make sure you update your device regularly, to keep it safe from hackers.
Our mobile phones are just like P. C, or laptops, they are vulnerable to viruses. Malware can create a way through which hackers can get access to your mobile data. Make sure if you use an antivirus, so next time if your phone has any virus then your antivirus will alarm you, and keep your phone safe.
Be careful with backup
Many times you use your Google Drive or iCloud as backup for your personal chats and photos. Backup stores your data, even if you delete those chats, and photos from the device, still you can find them in backup. This make your data vulnerable to hackers, if someone break into your drive then it’s easy for them to have your mobile data.
Use Play Store or App Store
To avoid viruses you must stick to play store, and app store to download Apps. Apps present in this platform are more secure than APK version you can find online. Being more secure means, you can trust these apps with the data you provide them. Downloading apps from unknown sources can bring viruses, and can be dangerous for your mobile data.
Avoiding rooting your device
Rooting your device, or jailbreak can be tempting, but also dangerous. Rooting your phone takes hours, and if anything goes wrong then, there’s a chance your mobile data might get erased.
Avoid using the unsecured internet sites
The ‘S’ in HTTPS stands for security, but there are many sites which are not secure. You use those sites and welcome viruses, and hackers. Sites which contain pornography and free movies are the website, that contains many viruses which can enter your device easily, by downloading files from these sites.
Be careful with browsing
Clear your browsing history regularly, so hackers cannot know about your internet activities. After you log in to your account using a browser, don’t forget to log out, and most importantly when you enter a password and the browser asks to save password, press the option never. Saving your password on the browser can be dangerous. Also, try not to save card details on online shopping sites or any other website.
We know about the sensitive information stored on our phone, but we always forget the fact of how dangerous it could be if someone steals your data. No one can keep your data safe like, you can, so give priority to your mobile security, and privacy. You can use the methods mentioned above to protect your data, rest we all know precaution is better than cure.