This information is for people that have personal smartphones For people that have company smartphones, contact your companies mobile security policy
Why does a person need to secure asmartphone? As cell phones are becoming more like pocket-sized computers, they are also more vulnerable to different forms of cyber attacks People want your data! This is a fact of life and it applies to either if you have an Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone smartphone
Password Protection By simply enabling a password or PIN number on a cell phone, you can save yourself a tremendous amount of hassle and headache because only you know that unique password You may be able to set a security on the phone so that if someone tries the wrong password a certain number of times, the phone is automatically wiped
Anti-virus Software A person must treat a cell phone like they would a PC by installing and keeping an up to date anti-virus software Lookout Mobile Security (Android) SmartGuard Mobile Security (BlackBerry) iPhones does not have an anti-virus software A security app safeguards your data, protect against threats, and an up-to-date software protects the device from new versions of viruses and new malware
Up-to-date operatingsystem Smartphones need to be patched often to eliminate vulnerabilities found since the phone was first released Updates gets rid of security holes or vulnerabilities by maintaining the software on both your PC and your smartphone
Get apps from a trusted source There are plenty of apps out there, stick to apps from the phones market Android Play Market BlackBerry App World iPhone App Market If you’re downloading an app from a third party, do your research to make sure the app is reputable and will do what you want that app to do
Wi-Fi Network Avoid shopping or banking on a public network Keep in mind that the open Wi-Fi network that your phone is connected to might not be secure Limit your activity to browsing and avoid committing any transaction that involves your account information Also, be wary about people looking over your shoulder and seeing your password, e-mails, texts, and account information
Bluetooth devices Although many people think of bluetooth as a better alternative to a physical wire, in fact it creates a personal area network, and like any network, it will recognize appropriate devices within its range A phones bluetooth setting is on by default, so it needs to be turned off, or configured for a specific device or headset
Backup your data If your phone gets taken or the data gets deleted, it’s a lot easier to get your information back when it’s backup regularly It can mean the difference between a slight phone setback or living through your own phone nightmare
Conclusion Doing these simple tips with help keep your phone protected from vulnerabilities that might happen to you Password Protection Anti-virus Software Up-to-date operating system Get apps from a trusted source Wi-Fi Network Bluetooth devices Backup your data
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