In the technology world today, your smartphone, laptop and tablet can be a big part of your life. Not only they are essential for your communication, but also entertainment, work, and serve as a wealth of information. On the other hands, you now save more information on the little devices, which can easily be vulnerable to hackers and information thieves.
Here are a few tips to protect your smartphone from cyber crime.
- Set up screen lock: You can set all your devices to automatically lock when you are not using them. In case the device is misplaced, at least the data is protected. On some phones and tablets, users can also configure their devices to erase all data if someone enters passwords incorrectly after multiple tries.
- Choose a secure password and change it frequently: When a hacker tries to access your locked phone, either physically or via connections, he or she would typically try to plug in the most common passwords. Easy passwords are birthdates, names, addresses, etc. Make it a difficult task for hackers by using a secure password, which should include numbers and other special characters. Updating your password regularly is also a way to protect your information from cyber crime.
- Be cautious when using free Wifi: Only join networks that you trust and set up your phone to ask for your permission before joining an open network. Sometimes, identity thieves can set up a free Wifi network and track the data loading to and from users’ devices. When dealing with sensitive information such as bank account login data, it’s best to take care of that with a secured network.
- Keep your phone up to date: Whenever a security flaw is found, the software developer will typically release an update to fix it. By updating your operating system and apps, you will make sure to patch up all the security loopholes and protect your information from cyber crime.
- Install an anti-theft app: Browse through the wide variety of anti-theft app available and install one of them on your phone. These apps are created to help you locate the phone if misplaced, using GPS technology. If you are not able to retrieve the device, some applications can also lock the phone or erase all data remotely.
- Know all the apps you want to download: By downloading applications to your devices, you could help bring in malicious software into your devices. Therefore, make sure to do proper research and read through the reviews of the app. It’s best to download applications from trusted source only.
- Using encryption for important data: If you use your devices frequently to communicate sensitive data for business, talk to an IT professional. He or she can encrypt your data to keep it safe for transferring.
If you believe you are already a victim to cyber crime, call a Legal Shield representative today to get legal advises.