Your Smartphone Can HelpProtect Itself – and You
Think of all the information stored on yoursmartphone –contacts, photos, appointments, notes, personal data, etc. Now imagine it lost, stolen orhacked. There are many ways for bad guys topurloin information stored on mobile devices.That’s why it is essential to take proactive stepsto protect your device and the data it contains.
The first step is to lock your phone using ascreen lock passcode. You can use a four-digitPIN or a longer, more secure alphanumericcipher. Some Android devices can even be set upto unlock with a special swipe pattern.
The security built into Apple’s iOS is veryeffective. However, “jailbreaking” (usingunauthorized apps) removes this protection andeliminates the security safety net. “Rooting” anAndroid phone does the same thing. The moralof the story: Don’t install an app that requiresyou to jailbreak or root your phone.
More tips• Install operating system updates as soon asthey are available.• If your phone allows full diskencryption, enable this feature.• Disable the USB debugging feature on yourphone.
Mobile security software can help youproactively protect your smartphone againstmobile malware, viruses and other malicioussoftware. The best applications allow you toremotely lock your phone, wipe or encrypt yourmemory card, and activate the phone’s built-inGPS chip to locate it.
There are free or low-cost mobile security apps– McAfee Mobile Security, Bitdefender MobileSecurity and BullGuard Mobile Security, to namea few.