The fact that many of the world’s biggest businesses and organisations continue to be hacked on a daily basis illustrates the terrifying fact that nobody is safe. After all, if criminal communities can gain access to the most heavily-protected systems in the world, what kind of chance do you stand with your everyday Smartphone?
The answer…well, it all comes down to how proactive you are. The simple fact of the matter is that in almost every instance of high-level hacking, the whole thing could have been prevented with relatively simple security measures. Often something as simple as a stronger password.
And it’s exactly the same when it comes to the hacking of everyday Smartphones, too.
Truth is, the last thing you want is for your sensitive and privileged data to find its way into the wrong hands. On the plus side, you don’t need extensive knowledge of coding, high-level digital security training or even the help of Free Android Rooting Tutorials to protect your device.
Instead, simply do as many of the following as possible and you’ll find yourself considerably less likely to suffer a data breach:
- Keep Up To Date
First and foremost, the importance of keeping your device and all of its software up to date cannot be overstated. This includes your primary operating system and every application across the board – all of which need to be patched and updated regularly for the sake of security. Switching on automatic updates is the easiest way of going about this essential process.
- Be Careful With What You Install
Each time you grant any application you download certain permissions, you give it access to important data on your device. Which is why it’s worth considering what it is you are installing and who supplied it. If there are any doubts in your mind whatsoever as to the safety of the application of the reputation of the developer, you might want to avoid it entirely.
- Carry Out An Audit
Don’t just focus your attention on future app downloads – it’s also worth considering what is already on your device. Take a look in your private is settings and see what kinds of permissions have been granted to the applications you already have. If anything seems to be out of the ordinary, get rid of it.
- Protect Your Device
You probably know by now the security experts all over the world recommend the use of complex and continually updated device passwords. And chances are you have completely ignored them, just like 99% of people in general. Unless you use the kinds of passwords that fundamentally cannot be guessed and are changed on a regular basis, your device and all the data it contains are right for the picking.
- Track And Lock Your Phone
Ensure you use the security tools made available by Google and Apple alike to both track your device if you cannot find it and lock it should it be necessary. There’s even a new Android feature that allows users to completely wipe the internal memory of their device remotely, should be believe it may have fallen into the wrong hands. These security systems are easy to set up and work with, so there’s really no excuse for not doing so.
- Don’t Leave Apps And Services Unlocked
Bank accounts, social media, e-mail and so on – all the kinds of applications where we often choose the ‘remember password’ setting for convenience. Unfortunately, this also amounts to unlocking the door and allowing criminals free and easy entry to your device and your most valuable data. Which, when you think about it, doesn’t exactly justify the 2 or 3 seconds you save each time you log in.
- Alter Ego
Just as long as you don’t break the rules and get yourself in trouble, don’t forget you can always use ‘alternative’ personal information to keep yourself safe. For example, should a social media platform or any other online service request your address, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, first pet or any other such information, who says you need to be 100% honest? Make up this information and even if a hacker does decide to steal it, it isn’t going to get them very far at all!
- Avoid Open WI-FI
Most people seem to be blissfully unaware of the fact that each time they use an open/public WIFI connection, anyone else on the network could be watching them. Quite literally, watching and loading their every move, including every single key they press from start to finish. This is one of the easiest and most common approaches to data theft and hacking. The problem being, you won’t know it is happening until it is too late to do anything about it.
- Watch Your Back
Likewise, it is terrifyingly easy these days to simply look over someone’s shoulder on a bus, in a queue or anywhere else whatsoever and see exactly what they are tapping into their devices. Particularly if it is something as simple as a four-digit pin. With just this tiny bit of information and a quick swipe from your pocket, you could be headed for serious trouble.
- Back It Up
Last but not least, while it isn’t going to prevent your device and data being hacked in the first place, backing up can at least prevent you from losing everything important to you. Once again, it’s the kind of simple yet essential security measure that only becomes apparent in its importance when you need it most. By which time, you’ll either by thanking your lucky stars you backed things up, or cursing yourself for the rest of your life.