Your Smartphone is the private key of your digital life or online identity. An average person smartphone consist of camera snaps, videos, call recordings, emails, online social life, account login and information, contacts, call logs and sms, banking apps with credit card info, sensitive data and many more things. You might do not care of about your privacy, but beware if all your data uploaded on internet which is searchable and traceable, then sooner or later you may be used, abused and threatened.
5 Tips To Protect Your Smartphone From Hackers.
Keeping your smart device safe and secured from theft or hacking is a top notch priority.
LOCK & ENCRYPTION
Setup biometric locking comprising of fingerprint with basic password/PIN/pattern. Also enable 2 pass authentication (password and secondary verification) methods for your accounts login.
Encryption is randomly alteration of your device data to unauthenticated hackers, who if accessed your data will only get garbage. If your device allows encryption, enable it. Some VPN apps encrypt your data but beware that whatever your device in. Always Backup your important files on cloud or wherever safe. Activate “Find My iPhone” or download/enable “Android Device Manager” app to later track your device is it got missing. If you want to share your device with someone else, enable Guest Mode.
Do Not use same password on each account.
Make your password strong. It should contain 8 or more characters with numbers and symbols.
Make your password easy to remember as a (pass)word-a-phrase. Example, 2B-or-Not_2b? —This one says “To be or not to be?”. Now don’t use this.
Periodically change your passwords especially of bank logins.
Uninstall apps you don’t recognize or are done using with. Android allows to disable inbuilt bloated apps, do disable them if they are not uninstalling. Install an antivirus app for your device from trusted ones like AVG, BitDefender, Kaspersky, Avast etc. Always install apps from native app store. Apple app store for iOS iPhone, or Google Play Store for Android, Windows app store for Windows Mobile devices.
Be Updated. Your device manufacturer may deliver timely patches and updates to patch vulnerabilities and loopholes. Enable automatic updates in your device(enable it in device settings) so your device will automatically download latest updates and install them.
Do NOT ever use open or public wifi or hotspots, if you are unsure. Underneath those nasty wifis may be someone snooping on your internet activity. For a mere chatting on whatsapp or sending an email you may allow an attacker to identify you and later hack your device.
Above content is fully written by me, except headings.