You can’t be too safe when it comes to your smartphone, a point we’ve made on the Dialaphone blog before. As technology progresses, so do the ways in which you can become more prone to high-tech crime, so we thought we’d revisit the subject and take another look at the best ways in which to keep yourself safe and secure when using your smartphone.
Avoid unsecured Wi-Fi
While there’s little wrong with doing a bit of online browsing or updating your Facebook status while connected to a coffee shop’s Wi-Fi network, it may be best to stay off the banking apps. Public Wi-Fi is notoriously vulnerable to attacks from anyone trying to steal data from smartphone users, so by all means check in on a social network and upload a picture to Instagram but leave your financial dealings until you get home.
Use your bank’s app
There are countless banking, money-tracking and financial apps available across all the smartphone platforms, but it could be a good idea to stick to the one issued by your very own bank. A bank’s own app is less likely to feature malware and its security will be as tight as a drum, keeping your details and data safe.
Know what to do if your phone is stolen
You may well have a phone-tracking app installed, but do you know exactly how to make use of it if the handset is stolen? Have a quick look at the instructions again to get yourself up to speed, as you never know when you might need this information. Many such apps allow you to log into an account via a computer or tablet and either track or wipe the handset remotely, so knowing exactly how to do this is vital.
Keep an eye on your passwords
There will no doubt be many different accounts used across your smartphone with countless apps requiring usernames and passwords. Don’t get lazy here, avoid using the same password for every service and change them regularly. While it’s easy to leave yourself signed in to everything all of the time, it also makes you vulnerable.
Backup your data
Should your handset be lost or stolen, you won’t want to be without any of the stuff that’s on it. Precious photos may well be stored along with notes and important information, all of which could disappear if your device goes missing. The answer? Back it up regularly, either by syncing it with a computer or using a cloud-storage service. Many of these can be set to automatically upload your media as you capture it, so it’s safely held online.
Update your OS
The software that runs on your handset can occasionally be cracked open by hackers, leaving anyone who uses it vulnerable to attacks. Updates to an OS don’t just bring in new features, but also include security updates that can patch up any holes, making it harder for anyone to steal your information Make sure you update your device when prompted because it’s a good way of keeping yourself safe.