Tips For Securing Your Smartphone PDF Print E-mail

With the continued increase in the uptake of Smartphones you should consider the security issues. Smartphones are like mini computers. They have the ability to hold data which is accessible via email, a cloud based web app or some sort of internal or external memory storage.

Smartphones are valuable and you need to consider what would happen should your mobile device fall into the wrong hands. Here are five tips on how you can secure your Smartphone

Tip 1: Yes "Password Protection"

It is easy to set password protection on your phone. It is most likely under your phones security settings. If you cannot find the option check online or your phone's manual to see how to enable this. Most people password protect their computer but do not feel the need to for a mobile device however this is the first security step you should take.

Tip 2: Yes "Wipe Phone Data"

After you have secured your mobile phone with a password or pass code you may still want to further protect the data stored on your phone with remote wipe. Remote wipe will wipe the data on your phone and restore all the factory settings. This is not something you would want to do unless you are certain you have lost your phone.

In order to set up remote wipe if you have an iPhone you will need to sign up for a paid account with MobileMe. Then you must set up your phone to enable the wipe should you need it. Android phones running 2.2 have remote wipe built in, but you will also need Exchange. Because remote wipe using Exchange can only be done by an administrator of Exchange a better option would be to use the Mobile Defense app. It's a free app from the Android Marketplace which will allow you to perform the wipe from the Mobile Defense website.

If your phones uses Windows 7 phones it can be remote wiped using Outlook Web Access.

Tip 3: No "Sensitive Data"

If you use your phone to access your internet banking or log in to all your favourite sites do not set your Smartphone to auto-remember passwords. Should your phone get lost or be picked up by someone else your account can be easily accessed.

Many people have their home and address stored on their phone this information could be used fraudulently if your phone was lost or stolen. However using a password or remote wipe tools, as described above, you can prevent your details being leaked.

Tip 4: No Simply "Click"

Smartphones like computers can be affected by malware, computer viruses and phishing scams. If you receive a suspicious email or SMS do not click on any links, just as like you would on your computer. Phishing scams can be used to steal your passwords and important information and are often very cleverly disguised as being from your bank.

Tip 5: Be Careful What You Install

If you download or install a new app make sure it is from a trusted source. The benefit of Smartphones is that there are thousands of applications and games available to extend their functionality. Only use official app stores otherwise you may find some malicious code injected into your app which will pass a virus onto your phone. only ever download or buy apps from official and reputable app stores. This will help dramatically reduce the likeness of becoming a victim of any kind of scam, since this is one of the easiest ways for hackers to access handsets.

Tip 6: No " Jailbreak"
Never attempt to jailbreak the smartphone at any time, doing so can help anyone run unauthorized software on the handset but this unauthorised software may be infected with malicious software. Usually from an unknown source. Not forgetting that it will null the phone's manufacturers warranty.
Tip 7: No unknown " Hotspot"
Unknown or unsecured WI-FI hotspot to access personal or private information and be wary that by using these hotspots every smartphone may be vulnerable to hackers trying to receive data from the handset. And remember to always turn of the WI-FI and Bluetooth whenever not in use as not only will this prevent access to hackers but will also greatly increase the phones battery life.

Lastly, always remember to view each monthly bill to ensure there is no suspicious activity that may be similar to that of any malicious activity being present.

Just remember to keep it secure and free from any attempt of hacking.

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