Smartphone security is essential for anyone who owns a “computer” phone.
First, understanding some common security threats will help to keep your mind conscious and eyes open for these particular threats. Second, knowing some basic tips can help prevent unwanted hacking and security threats.
Top Smartphone Security Threats
Using Unsecured WiFi. This is often “free” wifi access you will receive in public locations such as a coffee shop. If you need to use free wifi access do not login to your bank accounts or any site that exposes your personal identification information.
Smishing. What is Smishing? Like email phishing, smishing is an SMS text you will receive from a hacker who is trying to get you to click on a link, download a malicious app or provide your personal identification information.
App Security Weakness. There are so many mobile apps available it’s hard to know which ones are safe or not. The Federal Trade Commission Consumer Advice has some helpful advice on how to protect your privacy on Apps. When downloading an app, pay attention to the permission the app is asking for. For example, if you download an app that helps you find and make reservations, and they ask for permission to access your camera and microphone…think again!
Quick Tips to Help Enhance Your Smartphone Security
- Use Two-Factor Authentication
- Use the Screen Lock Feature: with a passcode longer than four digits
- Manage your App Settings: most apps do not need permission to access your camera and microphone
- Use Secured WiFi
- Keep a Vigilant Eye on Incoming Text Messages
- Back up Your Phone Data
- Use a VPN