Protecting your passwords, financial, and other private data safe and secured from hackers is very important for businesses and one’s privacy, it is increasingly vital for consumers and individuals to follow data protection guidance and use good strategies to help secure their sensitive or private information safe and protected.
Today, these dangers are becoming more complicated as we unfold our devices to the latest technologies like the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence (AI). So, I know now you must be wondering — how can I protect my device from hackers? Or how to enhance mobile data security on my device and also upload large files? We have reviewed some tips to help you secure your mobile data, and strengthen your smartphone security.
Keep it updated
Your mobile devices, just like the way your laptop or desktop computer, need to be updated regularly. The main reason why companies release updates is to simply fill the security gaps and patch leaks. Any smartphone running on the older version becomes an easy target for hackers and other cybercriminals to hack through the device and get the information they need. Updating your smartphone is very easy and barely takes 5 – 10 minutes of your time.
So updating your software is one of the best ways to secure your Android device from the risk of getting hacked. As these software updates are built to improve phones’ performance and fix bug issues. Sometimes, these software updates also bring in new features to your mobile phone and increase its compatibility with other applications.
Do not always allow your smartphone to save passwords
No matter how interesting it is, you should never try to save passwords on your smartphone. This means you shouldn’t set the autofill feature ‘ON’. Saving passwords on your smartphone can make it a lot easier for any hacker to have access to your accounts, in case of a breach.
It may seem effective, yes I know, as you may not have to remember the passwords of all the applications you use like your social media or banking apps. But what is the risk if your phone is stolen or a hacker hacks into it, all they have to do is to unlock your phone and open the app, and it’ll simply pop your password on to them. Your smartphone could be smart, but not smart enough to tell who is operating your phone.
A more reasonable way to save your multiple passwords is to simply download a trusted password manager from the play store. By doing so you just have to remember a master password, so you can log in to all websites and apps you have accounts on.
Uploading your data in secure files
Backups are one of the most essential tips. Uploading your data to a cloud or physical hard drive is a good way to add more layers of protection to your mobile phone data. I recommend you use cloud-based backup software such as Acronis True Image, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive Personal, etc. To help upload large files this is the most effective way to protect copies of your data saved in the protection of the cloud.
So in case, someone hacks into your phone or is stolen. You can simply wipe away all the data on the device remotely and recover that back from the cloud. For full protection, prevent keeping any confidential data or personal photographs on your mobile phone. Always upload them to the cloud and ensure you password-lock them.
Avoid using free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi is something that not everybody with a smartphone can say no to. But if you want to keep your smartphone’s data safe, then it is about time you say no to it. Because this public Wi-Fi can put your smartphone’s security at a huge risk of getting hacked.
Hackers find it easy to attack these weak and unprotected free Wi-Fi connections, so they corrupt them with viruses and malware in just a flash. We are not saying that all free Wi-Fi connections you see around you are dangerous. Cause there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy your company’s free Wi-Fi or use a friend’s hotspot.
As long as you simply know the source of the Wi-Fi and trust the source, then it is safe for you to use. But just try to avoid connecting to unknown free Wi-Fi networks accessible at any public places such as parks, metro stations, hotels, etc.
By being careful of what you install on your phone or what sites you visit and what kind of free Wi-Fi networks you connect to, you can protect your mobile phone from viruses and malware attacks. And in case you ever get hacked, try to stay calm, as rushing into things will only hinder your decision-making skills. Access your mobile device data remotely either from your laptop or desktop computer and lock or encrypt your files. Better still, remotely erase all data on your mobile phone. Also, try to keep the best antivirus apps installed on your smartphone as some antivirus apps may be fake, but try to get the best as it’ll help strengthen your mobile phone data security.
Leonie Walton is an expert in Network Security, with a strong understanding and knowledge of computer, network, and security systems. She is an enthusiastic contributor eager to promote her experience through sharing their expertise with others. She has extensive expertise in advising people on how to understand computers and security in the online world, by integrating numerous methodologies and tips that bring the best results for them.
Leonie is a guest blogger. All opinions are her own.