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- Women in Security
When dealing with Cyber Security Threats, a common mistake that both individuals and companies tend to make is ignoring their mobile security. We’ve even covered Smartphone Security Complacency before and found that almost 60% don’t have an antivirus app on their portable devices. Addressing this is crucial as, like any computer, smartphones can have vulnerabilities. So, here are our tips for making your mobile phone more secure whilst minimising the risk of data breaches.
Thankfully, there are several straightforward ways to immediately improve your smartphone security. Some easy (and essential) measures include:
Locking your device – Always make sure that your phone locks itself after a minute or less of inactivity. Most smartphones will do this by default, but you should ensure a safe timeframe is set and that the device requires a PIN to reopen it, as this is the most secure shortcut.
Updates – Keep your mobile phone system and your apps up to date. This ensures you have the newest (and thus safest) operation systems available on your device.
Be aware of what you download – Never download apps from providers that you are insecure about, and look to download a reliable antivirus app if your phone does not have one already.
No Jailbreaking – Some users try to bypass restrictions placed on their devices by operators, known most commonly as jailbreaking. We strongly recommend against doing this as it exposes users to potential viruses.
To enhance your device’s cyber security further, we also advise smartphone users to implement these quick protocols and measures:
Use additional apps – These include installing caller protection and password management apps and VPNs, which can reduce the threat of hackers and keep your important information safer.
Think about public security – You should turn off your smartphone’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when they’re not being used and try to avoid public charging stations, as these can all leave your phone more vulnerable to data breaches.
Set-up two-factor authentication – It can be less convenient but having a two-factor login system for your important smartphone apps make it a lot harder for your mobile phone accounts to be breached successfully.
For more information, see our recommendations for the Best Smartphones for Mobile Security Here.