Gone are the days when mobile phones were used strictly for the purpose of making and receiving calls. Communication has now taken a next level with the introduction of Smart Phones which are Wifi and 3G compatible. This device is now use to socialize, take pictures, listen to music, shop, make bank transaction and stay in touch with friends and family. Thus, this has lead to people sharing their private and professional information freely. Some steps must be taken to secure your data in case of losing your phones or being attacked by cyber criminals.
1. Lock the device
There have been a number of cases reported by the users of their cell phone being stolen or lost. Therefore, it is essential for all the smart phone users to lock their device with difficult password or pattern. The phone must be then set on an auto destruct policy. The device will then detect the number of failed attempts of unlocking and automatically erase all the data stored.
2. Avoid questionable apps
Phones are mostly attacked by malicious software which is infected with the Trojan horse. These fake applications appear as real and pose a serious threat to the personal data stored in the phones. It is always advisable to download apps from trusted stores such as Google Play store and App Store on Android and iPhone respectively.
3. Accept the patches
Personal computers and Laptops regularly needed to be updated and patched with recent software versions available to avoid any possible threat. The updated version eliminates any possible vulnerability that can cause you to lose your personal data. Similarly the applications and software in mobile phones must be updated regularly to ensure that your device is performing at optimal level and is not prone to any security threat.
4. Back up your data
One must understand the possibility of phone being lost or stolen and which might result in losing important contacts and data. Thus, it must be your prime concern to regularly back up all your data and have access even when the information is accidentally deleted. Android and iPhone both have made it possible with their feature of sync on Google Drive and Cloud. You can restore all your information in 30 minutes and retrieve all your personal data through these apps.
5. Stay safely behind bars
Security experts strongly advise against jail breaking your phone. For some reason you might want to unlock your phones and remove the digital rights from a certain carrier, but it can be a serious security breach. It is therefore necessary to understand the security of your phone which is tied up with certain carrier and ensure the safety of your data stored. Unlocking a phone or jail breaking can significantly weaken the security of your device and so you must stay safely behind the bars of safety provided by the carrier.
The recent reports of personal data of celebrities being hacked and floated freely on the internet have made the security of your data questionable. Therefore, you must take consider all the security tips given above and ensure the safety of your data by all means.