Data security has always been a major issue in this digital age. Whether it’s for personal or corporate use, having all your confidential information safe is a must.
Unfortunately, with modernization comes the increase of entities who attempt to breach the security measures you give to your online accounts. This is exactly why some individuals hire specialists to provide more protection for their data.
On a more personal level, it’s important that you understand how to protect yourself against hackers and information thieves who wish to pry into your personal data. Below are some great ways to personally boost your mobile safety.
1. Lock your mobile device
Some see this as being overly paranoid. However, you can never be too careful these days when you know that hackers out there can be snooping around the information you provide online. For mobile users, the most basic solution you can do is to lock your devices either using a PIN or a fingerprint lock.
This way, you can ensure that you are the only one who can open your device. In case you lose it or someone steals it, they can reset your phone, but cannot grab hold of the personal information stored in it.
2. Create strong passwords for your personal accounts
We have all been hearing this ever since the onset of the internet. Unfortunately, a lot of us at present still take this reminder lightly. You have the free will to create your own password. However, make sure it is not so easy to decipher. Using your birthday or full name as passwords for instance is a really bad move.
To create stronger ones, try combining letters, numbers and special symbols in no particular order. Of course, be sure to memorize the password rather than saving or copying them in your device.
3. Say yes to regular security updates
You might see this as a hassle, but updates are great for making sure that potential mobile hazards are blocked off earlier. Should there be any new security threats, the automatic regular updates will make sure that your device is well protected.
4. Provide backup for your critical information
The danger of storing all data online is that you won’t have much choice to recover the lost data once they are stolen or destroyed by some malware. Securing a backup is a wise choice to ensure that you have something to run to in case you some of the current one has to be erased for security reasons. Needless to say, make sure the backup system you have is also secured enough to block potential breach.
5. Set your device to automatically block external snooping
You’ll never know when someone else snoops on your mobile device. A good way to address this issue is to set your phone so that it automatically blocks access by anyone other than you.
Currently, there are already mobile apps that are made to capture the image of anyone who attempts to open your device and scan through the contents.
Do not be too lax even if your friends or family members are the ones borrowing your device. Better configure your phone to act automatically for any cases of attempted breach.
6. Store data that you absolutely need while on the move
As you go along with beefing up your phone’s security, it is only right to work on reassessing as well if the information stored in it is absolutely a need. Will you be using it often while on the move? For security reasons, it’s way better if you only store items that you will surely use on mobile. Otherwise, you can store it somewhere else.
Do not be too complacent and provide added security to your data information. Do the steps we have on the list and experience the difference!
Author: Janelle Yu has great passion in writing various content topics especially about mobile technology, tech news and social media. She is currently a copywriter for Vender - a productivity app for salespeople that let you manage your leads and tasks.