Mobile malware has been on the rise drastically in last couple of years.Everything from backdoor malware that steals personal information to ransom-ware that locks your phone until payment is made exists in the mobile space.
Mitigating mobile security risk is critical to protecting yourself. Here are 10 steps you can take to secure your mobile phone, and protect your data.
1-Use a PIN, pattern lock or passcode- This helps protect your data from an attacker who gets a hold of your phone, even if it’s stolen out of your pocket, cybercriminals will have to get through that first gate.
2-Encrypt your device data- Most mobile devices are bundled with a built-in encryption feature.Encryption is especially useful for protecting sensitive data, whether that’s business emails or investing and banking apps.
3-Use different passwords for sites and apps- If you use the same passwords for banking, social media, email, etc., then a hacker only needs to figure out one password to gain access to your identify.
4-Logout of your applications- If your application requires a login, ensure that you log out when you are finished.
5-Only download apps from the official App Store and Google Play- Third- party stores are fraught with malware. Stick to the official stores to protect yourself from malicious apps.
6-Update your operating system and apps when new versions are available- Operating system updates typically include patches to known security vulnerabilities. Attackers can exploit these vulnerabilities if you do not upgrade your OS.
7-Ensure public or free WIFI is protected- However, public wifi is inherently insecure, so try not to make transactions or transmit sensitive data while using it. Consider using a VPN service to encrypt data transmitted online.
8-Know what data is being collected by applications- According to the FTC, some apps may be able to access your phone and email contacts, call logs, internet data, calendar data, data about the deviceUs location, the deviceUs unique IDs, and information about how you use the app itself.
9-Know how your data is being used by applications- Low data security is (unfortunately) a common problem today. When your device and apps send data without protecting it with encryption, the data can be easily intercepted.
10-Use two-factor user identification when available to add another level of protection- Many applications offer two-factor authentication, which combines something you have (token, phone) with something you know (passcode). It greatly increases the difficulty of an attacker compromising your password and gaining access to your account.
Making your mobile device secure is not an easy task, but it should be your first priority. As there are new vulnerabilities found every day, it’s important to make sure that you are aware of any suspicious activity that occurs on your device.