It is important to keep the security of your smartphone in mind because they are no different from your PC. It can hold your sensitive data which can be accessible by other people via email, external or internal memory storage or through a cloud based web app. You can avoid this by taking some basic tips and tricks that will boost the security of your smartphone even if it falls into the wrong hands. Some of these precaution measures are outlined below.
Wipe your data remotely- It is a good option even if you have secured your phone with a password. A remote wipe is usually used to restore all the factory settings, especially when you have lost your phone. You can set up the remote wipe by signing up for a paid account with Mobileme and adjust the settings of your phone to enable the wipe.
Watch your clicks- Smartphones can be affected by phishing scams and viruses. Don’t click any links on any suspicious SMS or email because phishing scams can be used to steal your important information and passwords. Most phishing scams and SMS look as if they are from your bank, and they may request you to give out personal information. Avoid giving out you personal information and clicking links that look suspicious.
Don’t save sensitive data in your phone- Don’t set your mobile device to auto-remember passwords if you use it for online banking or to log in to your favorite sites. This will prevent wrong hands from accessing your accounts in case your smartphone gets lost.
Use password protection- It is very easy to set a password because it is installed in the security settings of all smartphones. It should be among the first steps to protect your phone. In addition, you may use pattern and lock codes to limit other people from accessing your phone.
Back up your data- It is more about restoring and protecting your data during your smartphone repairs and in case a disaster strikes. You open accounts with different back-up service providers to save your contacts, documents, videos, music and pictures.
Turn your Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth when not in use – Most people think of Bluetooth and NFC (Near Field Communication) as ways of connecting with other people. However, some people may use them to connect to your device and probably access your sensitive data. Some people may use wireless networks to gain information about your identity and connect with unencrypted access points making your phone leak all useful data.
Make sure your device locks itself automatically- Your smartphone not will be very secure if you set up a password protection and your phone stays for 15 minutes without locking itself. Choose a shorter timeout of about 30 seconds to lock your phone when not in use.