In just a few short years, motile devices have become more common than our computers. We use our phones for everything from taking pictures, calendars, organizing our lives, Facebook, and even as health trackers. Because of this, we have put more and more of our lives onto these mobile devices. Many users record their own medications o use apps such as Walgreens or Walmart pharmacy to renew their medication information. Another common use is for two factor authentication. This is where a website you are logging into will send you a text message and you need to enter into the site to gaina ccess. Without your phone, its very hard to get access. Every day, we put more and more information on our phones.
It doesn’t matter if you use an Apple iPhone or an Android device. All devices suffer from security weaknesses that need to be addressed.
5 ways to protect your mobile device
- Use a password – Make sure your device is password protected. You can use finger prints also if your device supports it. However, be aware that some fingerprint scanners are easier to hack. But by setting a password, you can make your device protected in the event you lose your mobile device or of its stolen. If you use a password, make sure you use a more complex password that
- Encrypt your data – If your device supports it, make sure you encrypt your data. This will further protect your data in the event your phone is lost or stolen.
- Install a locating software (or use Find my iPhone) – This can help you locate your device if its stolen or you simply lost it. It can often allow you to remote wipe your device. This is useful in the event the device is stolen, you can make sure no one gets access to your data.
- Install protection software – this will protect against virus and other forms of malware. This is becoming more and more prevalent as attackers focus more on mobile devices. It also protects against web born attacks, email attachments, and other forms of attacks to your phone.
- Be careful where you access the internet – when you are out in public, be careful about what WiFi networks you connect to. Attacker are setting up fake access points to get you to connect to them. Then they will capture your passwords and traffic to the sites you visit. And in this type of attack, SSL encryption in your browser won’t help you.
One extra free tip – make frequent backups of your phone
Make backups of the data on your phone. Its becoming as important as having backups to your computers. You can use automated software to handle it or manual sync software like iTunes. Just make backups.
If you need help protecting your mobile device or just have questions about what threats you may be facing, give us a call at 770-506-4383. We can help you protect your phones or other devices quick and easy.