7 tips to prevent hackers from stealing your smartphone data
Unfortunately, even though you keep an enormous amount of personal data on your phone, most phones don’t have any security software. Protect your privacy, your phone data and your peace of mind with this guide to beating thieves, whether they’re online or on the street!
Today’s smartphones can do MORE than computers did 30 years ago, and can do more than some of today’s laptops, at least in terms of versatility. That’s great news for those of us who have active online lifestyles. But there’s bad news to go with it as well—hackers are now targeting phones data to cause all kinds of trouble. There are an estimated 2 billion smartphones in the world and most of them store, or have links to, the users’ personal information. That’s too large of a juicy target for hackers to ignore.
Here are some ways to keep your phone data safe:
- DO NOT OPEN E-MAIL LINKS OR ATTACHMENTS FROM UNKNOWN SENDERS
One of the most common way hackers spread their malware is by sending e-mails with attachments that contain malicious code. The e-mails can sound innocent but the attachments could potentially infect your phone.
- DO NOT CLICK ON POP-UP ADS OR ‘CLICKBAIT’ POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
This is another way hackers spread their malware. When a user clicks on a pop-up ad or on a post with a particularly alluring title, they may be redirected to a website that downloads malware onto the phone.
- DO NOT INSTALL THIRD-PARTY APPS THAT ARE NOT FROM THE APP STORE
Both Apple and Google screen apps in their app stores for malicious code. Users who want to stay safe and refuse access to third-party apps can refuse permissions to install them.
- SET UP MULTI FACTOR AUTHENTICATION ON ALL OF YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS
Multifactor authentication is a new Cybersecurity Standard that combines two or more independent credentials: what the user knows (password), what the user has (security token) and what the user is (verification). The goal of MFA is to create a layered defense and make it more difficult for an unauthorized person to access a target such as a physical location, computing device, network or database. If one factor is compromised or broken, the attacker still has at least one more barrier to breach before successfully breaking into the target.
- KEEP YOUR DEVICE UP-TO-DATE
When it comes to protecting yourself and your phone data against hackers, step one is always to install software updates as soon as they become available: that’s as true on smartphones as it is on computers. Yes, updating can be a tiresome and intrusive process, and it sometimes brings annoying changes to the interface that you’re used to. All the same, a huge proportion of successful hacks exploit vulnerabilities that have already been patched; exposing yourself unnecessarily is just daft.
- BEWARE OF OPEN WIFI
We all know there’s a risk involved in using an open wireless network. But you may not realize how severe it is: anyone in the vicinity can snoop on what you’re doing online. This sort of attack demands specialist software and skills, so it’s unlikely to be a hazard in your local cafe, but it’s not a danger that can be ignored.
- CONNECT WITH YOUR OFFICE THROUGH A SECURE VOIP PHONE APP
Setup your VoIP Phone System on your smartphone and make every phone call between your phone and your business secure and encrypted. BTW, all our VoIP Phone Plans includes an app and unlimited outbound and inbound calls.