Phone security – what you need to know!
Smartphones have quickly become part of everyone’s lives over the past ten years. Although mobile phones have been around for a couple of decades, the smartphone had completely revolutionized what we can do with our phones.
Before, making calls and sending an SMS were the extent of most phone’s capabilities. Now, however, we can do so much more. Think music, think GPS, think the ability to communicate in so many ways including the addition of instant messaging apps as well as personal email right to your phone.
And then there are the apps. There are just so many useful ones to download, for example, banking on your smartphone.
But there is a catch. If not secured properly, smartphones are at risk from people who can cause untold problems – for example, if they gain access to your banking app or your personal email.
Therefore securing your smartphone is critical. But how do you go about doing this? Well, one of the best ways is to use a vast array of security apps to your advantage. Let’s take a closer look.
Perhaps the best place to start is with the basics. Begin by securing your phone properly. First with a password to lock your screen. Secondly, make sure your smartphone cannot install any apps from unknown sources. This is normally a checkbox that can be found in the settings on your phone. Now no one can put malicious files on your phone and you cannot download any files from untrustworthy sources.
Now let’s take a look at the security apps you can consider to help secure your phone.
Find my phone
Each operating system is different, but both Android and IOS have ‘find my phone’ type applications. Should your phone be lost or get stolen, you can trace it using a web browser. If you need to, you can also erase data remotely, especially to protect critical information – backed up elsewhere of course.
AppLock or something similar allows you to lock any app on your phone that you choose. This is particularly useful for sensitive programmes such as banking apps. To access each app, you will need to enter a password, certainly very useful if your phone is stolen or compromised in any way.
Installing VPN software is a great idea, especially if you make use of public Wi-Fi networks regularly. So what does VPN do exactly? Well, it hides your IP address, making it impossible for any malicious person knowing where your data signal originates from. They cannot, therefore, gain access to your phone.
Although we use firewalls on our personal computers, they are less popular on mobile phones. A firewall, however, can offer an extra level of protection for internet security. It does this by showing the user which apps are using your internet services. The user then has to assign each app permission to continue. If somehow you do have malicious software on your phone, a firewall will alert to the fact.
A password manager allows you to store all your passwords in one location (the app itself usually). This means you only need to remember one password, that for the manager itself, usually created with significant password strength.