Smartphones 101: Five Security Tips to Keep Your Phone Safe

By on Sep 16, 2013 in Cell Phones |

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Smartphones make your life easier in more ways than you can imagine. You can make calls, save contacts, send emails, post updates to social networking sites, use multiple apps, maintain a music library and store an immense amount of data in various forms, all of it while on the move.

However, with an advanced smartphone comes greater responsibility. It becomes as important to take care of the device in order to avoid losing it as it does to avoid losing the huge amount of data that is bound to leave you handicapped. If you don’t want to end up tearing your hair out after losing your smartphone, here are five security tips that you should follow to ensure the safety of your smartphone:

1. Always Keep Your Device Locked

Although it is a practice most people tend to follow these days, it is important to remember to lock your device after every use. This ensures that even if your phone is stolen, your personal information stays safe. Also, it is important that you don’t give too many of your friends access to the password as this pretty much renders the practice useless.

2. Avoid Downloading Apps From Unverifiable Sources

Though an application may seem to be interesting and really fun to have on your device, it is suggested that you only stick to platforms like Google Play or the iTunes store to download apps and avoid installing apps from the web as they could come with malicious viruses. You could also install mobile security applications that help provide virus protection, features to protect privacy and data and features that help you track your phone if you lose it.

3. Exercise Caution When Using Wi-Fi in Public Places

Free Wi-Fi available in coffee shops and shopping centres is something many people want to make good use of but these networks are also something to be wary of. In the absence of a secure connection it is best to avoid checking your online banking, going online shopping or indulging in any form of web surfing that requires you to log in using your password. It is best to use Virtual Private Networks on your devices to ensure that your connections remain secure.

4. Keep the Device Regularly Updated

Concerns related to security are usually taken care of by the device manufacturers, making your device less vulnerable when you first purchase it. However, it is also important for a smartphone user to regularly update and upgrade the device’s operating system and virus protection software to make sure that the protection is fully up to date against all threats and viruses.

5. Avoid Unfamiliar Numbers

Though curiosity can get the better of most of us, it is advisable to altogether refrain from responding to calls or text messages from unknown numbers as there is a possibility that these messages could infect the device with malware. 

The above tips should be of great help when it comes to making sure that hackers, malware or viruses do not compromise the safety of your device. However, aside from exercising control on the inflow and outflow of data into the smartphone, it is also important to ensure that you do not lose the device in the first place. A way of insuring against such losses is to opt for schemes such as Protect Your Bubble smartphone insurance that will help you cover losses.

Having taken precautionary steps such as these, you can rest assured that your smartphone is here to stay and make life simpler for you!

Laura Ginn had her smartphone compromised last year and since then has made a big effort to ensure others know about the problems that can occur.  She hopes the list above helps other smartphone users to keep their phones secure.