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13 ways to keep your mobile secure

Hi Techrunnr subscribers, this documents deal with security measures which need to take care of mobile security, Here are the 13 ways to keep your mobile secure.

Nowadays most of us around the world use mobiles in which 80% is the smartphone. Moreover that the data’s which we are using in those devices are very personal or confidential, which includes Pictures, passwords, confidential files, etc. Nowadays data plays a big role in our current era of technology. There are black hats which are eagerly waiting to extract data from others. Knowingly or unknowingly we are providing all those details this we will call it as social engineering.

Now a smartphone can do all the operation which a computer can do such as browsing, banking, chats, etc… all these deals with data.

Here we will give you some security measures/tips that we all as smartphone user should know.

1. Keep the Software/Apps up to date.
Always make sure that Software/Apps which you are using up to update. Updating an app or software helps you be away from security flaws in the previous version. Updating the app makes new features to be available on your phone.

2. Enable Screen lock (PIN Based).
Enable screen lock in the smartphone to provide basic security to your mobile. In the recent study by some security researchers says that enabling pattern lock for your smartphone is weakens the security. This is easy to crack compared to PIN-based.

3. Don’t install unknown software
Never ever install unknown software’s from the internet, there might be a chance of backdoor Trojan/worm attached to the app which provides access to hackers to your phone.

4. Never install cracked software
Nowadays you can see there are many software’s which are paid for some extra feature. Downloading these type of cracked software might provide access to your phone for the hackers. This lead to data leakages.

5. Never use free wifi for a confidential transaction
Nowadays we can get free wifi in most of the places like a cafe, bus stations, metro etc. We don’t know anybody is sniffing our internet transaction. So using the banking and other modes of a transaction which may lead to hackers to sniff the packets and extract the data. To some extent, we can get rid of this by using a VPN connection. Once we connect the VPN all the transaction will go through the VPN tunnel where all the transactions are encrypted.

6. Application permission
When we are installing an application in a smartphone it asks for the permission to access data’s in your phones such as gallery, call logs, contacts. Now you just think about a malware app which has the permission to your gallery, call, messages. In the latest studies, there are several money mining apps which hackers make money from you and some malware will encrypt your phone which makes your files inaccessible which is called ransomware. More about ransomware you can read from here.

7. Be aware of phishing emails.
If we check in our mailbox, we will be getting plenty of messages, which may lead to an unaware user to provide all his details to a hacker using phishing page.
the phishing page can be Gmail, banking page.

8. Keep an antivirus installed and updated
It’s always better to keep an antivirus installed in mobile which prevents which the malware and phishing sites. Keep antivirus signatures up to date to get away from latest viruses having new signatures.

9. Password Policy
It’s a good habit to change the password once in three months. This best practice in information case security.

10. Install trusted apps only
Always install trusted apps only from a verified maintainer.

11. Don’t share your credit/debit card information using less secure apps.

12. Setup remote Wipe
If your phone is lost or stolen, you’ll be able to wipe all of its data remotely (and therefore keep it out of the hands of criminals). You can often also use a remote wipe to find your phone’s location.

13. Avoid jailbreaking your iPhone or rooting your Android
This weakens the security of your device.

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