Keeping Your Mobile Data Safe
Data security on your mobile device is becoming trickier with today's evolving mobile technology. Around 2000 phones are stolen every day, with the iPhone being top target. That is a lot of data in the wrong hands. Keeping your data secure is never easy, but by following a few simple strategies you can improve your mobile security.
The first thing to do when keeping your smart phone secure, is to set a PIN pass code. You can set 4 - 6 digit codes or set custom sequence patterns. On some newer devices, there is now a feature where you can use fingerprint pass codes to keep you device secure. You can also set your device to automatically lock after a short amount of time. You can also allow your device to automatically erase all data when it reaches its maximum number of failed pass code attempts.
The first thing to do when preventing your data from being lost would be to back up your files. By syncing your data to your laptop or computer you will still have a saved copy. You can also use cloud services so that everything is backed up on a web server which means you can access this anywhere, using any device. It is recommended to back up your device once a week, depending on how often you use it.
Avoid using public Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as this can risk exposing your data to an un-secure network. Although free public Wi-Fi is tempting, you should never use this for confidential transactions like banking or shopping, as it is possible for criminals to use special software to snoop on your activities over the Wi-Fi network even if you are using a password. You should always keep your Bluetooth off when you aren't using it, as this not only drains battery but hackers can attempt to gain access to your device through this feature.
Always regularly check your privacy settings. When using mobile apps, check carefully what level of access to your data that theses apps have. Some apps allow you to share your location information publicly, even when you're not using the app. Even if this may be useful, it is best to turn location settings off when you're not using it.
Log out of app programmes when you finish using them. By doing this, you are less likely to expose data if someone was to come by your phone. When downloading apps, you should use apps from an authorised app store. Not to mention you should always read the reviews and comments before downloading an app. For example, there is no need for a puzzle game to access your messages and location, so you should read the terms and conditions too.
Make sure to update to the latest software. It is possible for hackers to attack your device if it isn't up to date with your operating system's updates. This will keep your device safe and bug-free.