Even though some try to deny it, smartphones have become focal points of our lives. There, we keep our most valuable contacts, through them we communicate with an outside world and as of lately, they have become one of the most common means for browsing the internet. Because of this, it is in no way an exaggeration to say that, if they were to be compromised in any way, it would be a disaster of epic proportions. With this in mind, making your smartphone hack-proof should always be paramount.
Rise of Mobile Devices
Even though we still partially live in a desktop oriented era, some claim that this age has finally come to an end. In fact, according to one statistic, there will be 4.77 billion mobile users by the year 2019. That is well over 2/3 of world’s current population which is in no way force to be reckoned with. Most people, store their personal photos, messages and other mementos on their phones, and all these things are just new marks for various online predators. Furthermore, with some of the alternative payment methods being conducted via phone, sometimes even your assets can be target for the predators.
Lock Screen Password
Some people avoid putting a password on their lock screen simply because it takes time for them to unlock it later on. Still, this is more than necessary step of precaution since otherwise, anyone could who stumbles upon it could easily access everything you have on your phone. Even the simplest password is better than no password at all. In fact, some phones are easier to unlock than others, which means that it could as easily unlock on its own in your pocket, and dials a random person in a very awkward situation. To sum up, you wouldn’t leave your front door open, so don’t leave your phone unlocked.
Better Safe Than Sorry
In most cases safety of your phone won’t be compromised but there are some things you could do to further improve your chances. First of all, if you access any sensitive data (like your bank account), from your phone, make sure to logout as soon as you are finished. A hacker won’t even have to break your password if you type it in for him. Furthermore, never use public Wi-Fi that has no password protection. Even if you occasionally encounter something like this, you would do well to be suspicious about it. Sometimes, hackers set this up as a trap and wait for anyone clueless enough to just walk right into it.
It is a known fact that in the last several years, the most trusted storage solutions are online. This is why it would be for the best if you were to utilize an encrypted Cloud storage for some of your most sensitive data. Even though there are many myths and misconceptions about the cloud technology still being vulnerable, most experts claim that there is little to no truth to these claims. This way, you will entrust your most valuable information to a trusted digital network for safekeeping.
It is true that there are many perils lurking in a digital world, however as it always happens, hackers usually prey on the careless. This is why you need to do all that is in your power to protect your private information and your smartphone from any kind of interference. In fact, the first step in avoiding a trap is knowing that there is one present.