At present, almost everybody has a smartphone. Since a majority of phones are web-enabled, they have become more immune to cyber attacks and threats. People store a lot of critical data in their phones, such as pictures, copies of their identity cards, passwords, bank account details, etc. One needs to take proper measures to protect their smartphones and the keep its data secure. Let’s go through the different ways to secure smartphones.
- Update, Update, and Update
To safeguard your device and data, the first thing you must do is to install updates when they get released. While people often update their computers, they fill to install updates on their smartphones. While updating is a time consuming and data eating process, it is very important. Updates contain fixes and patches. When you do not update your smartphone, you are giving cyber attackers a chance to access or compromise your device.
Here’s how Apple(iOS) users can install updates:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap on General.
- Now, tap on Software Update.
- Allow the device to check for updates.
- Tap on Download and Install if any update is available.
Here’s how Android users can install updates:
- Launch the Settings app.
- Now, select About Phone.
- Go to System Updates.
- If an update is available, select Restart and Install.
- Exercise caution while installing apps
While installing applications on your phone, you will be prompted to grant several permissions, such as location, files, microphone, contacts, camera, etc. While some apps have genuine uses of these features, these can also be misused. Therefore, before granting app permissions, just think twice. Also, avoid downloading and installing apps from third-party stores.
- Put a passcode
If your phone ends up with the wrong person, they can misuse the data stored in it. Therefore, secure your smartphone with a passcode. iPhone allows the users to add a four-digit passcode for security. Here’s how you can turn on passcode protection on your iPhone:
- Launch the Settings application.
- Now, tap on Touch ID and PAsscode or Face ID and Passcode option.
- Press the Turn Passcode On option.
- Now, key in the passcode.
- Or else, go to Passcode Options and select the passcode.
- Re-enter the same passcode.