Hackers are always wandering around and looking for their hunt to prey upon. After all, this is what they are for. Just like you constantly keep keen
Hackers are always wandering around and looking for their hunt to prey upon. After all, this is what they are for. Just like you constantly keep keen security outside your homes and always looking forward to improving it, you must also secure your smartphones in the same way.
We understand that securing mobile phones is quite different from that of your houses and there are no fool-proof measures that give you 100 percent assurance that your phone will never get attacked by hackers. Nevertheless, a little bit of knowledge and precautionary actions will reduce the risk of your smartphones getting attacked by hackers.
In order to hack-proof your smartphone you can do the following:
- 1 1. Secure Your Smartphone With Password
- 2 2. Keep Passwords that are Not So Obvious
- 3 3. Have Multiple Passwords
- 4 4. Two Factor Authentication
- 5 5. Install an Anti-virus Software
- 6 6. Update the Operating System
- 7 7. Install Apps from Trusted Sources
- 8 8. Avoid Using Open Connections
- 9 9. Ignore Junk
- 10 10. Erase Your Data
1. Secure Your Smartphone With Password
It is always very compulsory to have a password with strong strength at every possible gateway in your smartphone. If your smartphone has a fingerprint scanner or face ID detection then it is a very good option to use biometrics as they provide more security as compared to the usual passwords.
2. Keep Passwords that are Not So Obvious
Avoid keeping your name, date of birth, etc. as passwords because they are more recognizable and can easily be guessed by anyone. This makes a hacker’s job easier. Also make sure to make it complex by having a mixture of upper and lower case alphabets, numbers and symbols.
3. Have Multiple Passwords
Moreover, if all your passwords like for your email accounts, bank accounts or social media accounts are same the hackers are likely to sooner or later reach out to all of them if they get access to any one of them. Therefore, keep all the passwords different. You may note it down somewhere secretly if you cannot remember all of them.
4. Two Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication also known as 2FA is the most recent security measure that is being used by so many websites and applications. The mechanism works by asking the users to verify their claimed identities by two factors or you may say in two steps. First one is the password that they set and second factor may vary from app to app or user to user like in some cases it is a verification code that is sent by the web/app to the user to verify the account. By enabling this option you can increase the security of your account and ultimately your smartphone.
5. Install an Anti-virus Software
Whether you own an iPhone X or a Huawei mobile, it is advised to have a trusted anti-virus installed in your phone all the time. We have a variety of anti-virus software available both in App Store as well as Play Store from reliable companies like Avast, McAfee, and Norton, etc.
6. Update the Operating System
As soon as you are intimated by your software that your operating system’s update is ready to get installed, download and install it. As we all know the updated versions are likely to come up with more advanced features, security and bug fixes. In addition, the outdated versions are at more risks of defenselessness which is why the risks of them being attacked by hackers become more obvious. For that reason, keep your operating system up to date.
7. Install Apps from Trusted Sources
This one is again a very important factor that can contribute to the activity of hackers. Apps that are developed by common and random sources are more likely to get attacked by hackers. They just modify the codes of such apps and hide their own mischievous cords that contain viruses inside the coding of the app. As a result, when you download the particular app the bugs very smoothly crawl into your phone. So, in order to avoid this, download only those applications that are hosted by the original App Store or Play store.
8. Avoid Using Open Connections
You may not know but open Wi-Fi connections at public places are very easy to get targetted by cybercriminals. They are fully skilled and smart enough to track all your activities and details while you are using public Wi-Fi. Thus it is said that don’t use open connections. Rather, use your mobile data connections. On the other hand, if for any reason you are using a public hotspot, use it via a VPN. VPN will encode your data and activities, reducing the risks of malware attacks on your phone.
9. Ignore Junk
As the name suggests, junks are spam. They are yet another quickest tactic for hackers to get control over your phone. Junk emails may include suspicious links, attachments, etc. What you can do in this regards is that just don’t follow spam emails. You can also hover the mouse over the link to have a slight look on the link or attachment sent by who so ever and see if you can recognize it. Likewise, have a closer look at the sender’s name and check if you can identify either the first or last name. But then again it’s better to just ignore the spam.
10. Erase Your Data
If in case, for whatsoever reason you are selling your phone then make sure to delete each and every data from every possible place. Some hackers actually buy used or sold-out phones from the markets to get the clues left by the prior user in order to spread their terror and uneasiness in society. Don’t forget that they are very well skilled and equipped so they can dig out anything from anywhere. So make sure to completely vanish all the memory of your phone and make it blank before heading to sell out.
Hacking has become a serious issue in such a massively expanding technological world. Every day there is something new coming up. It has become a threat for the top to bottom everyone, starting from a normal user to a big corporation. So it is our job to secure our phones from these people and be very careful with what we are doing with the data and apps. As they can be a lot more at risk than we might think.
Hope these guidelines will help you too secure your phone as they helped me and many more out there. They are very simple and instant. So don’t wait for an attack. Instead, just do it now!