Things You Must Know About Smartphones Security PDF Print E-mail

Most of us today own a smartphone and it has become more of a necessity than a luxury these days.Each day, almost all mobile phone companies are coming up with a new smartphone. People are lapping up each and every smartphone without knowing what to expect from such a phone.

Well, here are some things you must know about a smartphone.

"Smartphones" basically it is any phone with advanced technology. These technologies or capabilities include internet access, email, applications, games and other things that you can do with a personal computer.

Internet is the key

While it's usual for smartphones to come in several sizes, the internet is always the key. A smartphone sans internet is akin to a hamburger without the ham. As of now, over a quarter of the smartphone users rarely access internet from anywhere else other than their smartphone. Experts have projected that by the end of 2013, the smartphone would be the primary device to be used by people for accessing the internet and it will overtake the laptop and the personal computer in this regard. If your smartphone lacks internet, contemplate buying a new one.

Power is precious

Even if you make only a few calls from your phone, several cheap smartphones run low on battery beyond 24 hours. While the features of a phone usually attract the most attention, the capacity of the battery isn't given much importance. More and more smartphone users are carrying their battery chargers with them even while going to work. Playing games or watching videos would drain the battery quickly. Avoid these if you want far more important things to do with your smartphone.

Call quality depends on the design

You would be certainly amused if you saw a photo of an early mobile phone with a giant antenna protruding from the back. Even cheap smartphones, these days, have eliminated the necessity of an antenna which is comprised within the device itself. However, several ergonomically designed phones often fall short in their call quality because of the aesthetics that short-changes the function of the antenna.

Most applications get boring fast

Depending upon the operating system of your smartphone, there could be hundreds of applications available over the internet. In fact, an average cheap smartphone user normally downloads 4-5 new applications each month. Studies have revealed that a majority of these applications, a whopping 91 per cent, are used less than 10 times and are mostly forgotten. Be selective about the applications you download and delete those that you use rarely. This would save space as well as battery life.

Privacy is thin

The worst part of a smartphone is that very little information contained in its memory is actually kept private. Though the policies of the service providers and the internet often differ, most of them comprise a provision for accessing the information of their users from any corner of the world.

There are viruses for smartphones

Though their numbers could be many times less than that of a personal computer, smartphone viruses do exist. However, the vast number of smartphone viruses usually attack modified or jail-broken handsets. Nevertheless, virus attacks on regular and cheap smartphones are increasing in number.

With the number of smartphone users increasing and applications becoming more and more popular, the number of those falling prey to mobile hackers is also on the rise. And this is one issue which is overlooked by most smartphone users.

Many people still find it hard to believe the power that a smartphone commands. Most smartphone handsets are more powerful when compared to desktops. Because of this, it appears impossible that a similar set of vulnerabilities that computers face almost everyday, would pose as a threat to the mobile phone.

Smartphone users usually indulge in increased internet activity and it's quite possible for them to click on a malicious link which captures valuable personal details like the username and password of an online baking account. While the link itself may look innocuous, the harm has already been done and information has already passed on to the hacker.

Always check your smartphone for ensuring that there's no suspicious activity. Smartphones pose different set of security challenges as they store lots of personal, confidential and sensitive data and remain continuously connected to the cloud. Data encryption is available in its very raw forms in soft targets for cyber attacks. This puts the responsibility on users to make the security of their smartphones a high priority.

How to secure our smartphones?

Have a password for your phone. Your smartphone comes with built in security features but a lot of us don't enable them. Make sure you have those features enabled. Download some security apps on your phone. Be careful with the apps that you download on your phone. For people who work in companies, the firm usually provides you with a cell phone to communicate with the internal and external co-workers and clients. The reason firms do that is because these phones are very well encrypted. The information that you communicate is secure and you need not worry about information theft. Be careful that you don't use your personal phone to share confidential information about your work because then there is a chance that the information might be accessed by an attacker if your phone lacks security features.

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