Today, mobile security breaches such as mobile cyber attacks are on the rise due to increased mobile penetration rates and increasing popularity of mobile devices. Mobile security is thus a necessity for every mobile user who wants to safeguard their privacy.
Protect Your Mobile
Every day, more users are using mobile devices to access corporate services, check corporate data, and conduct business and many of these devices are not controlled by the admin¬istrator, meaning that the data is not subject to Data Loss Prevention policies.
Below are a number of ways of protecting your mobile devices i.e. mobile phone against mobile security breaches.
Set a PasswordThis is by far the most common mobile security measure known to most mobile users. Most mobile phone users do not set passwords on their devices thus exposing themselves to hackers. It is always important to set a password on your device i.e. your phone must have a password set to access it. You also require a voicemail PIN. Your Smartphone memory card should also be password protected so that in case you phone is hacked; your personal data/info remains safe.
Using 3G NetworksUse 3G netwroks as opposed to public Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi networks are available almost everywhere nowadays i.e. in airports, coffee shops, restaurants, cinemas e.t.c. To avoid hackers in public networks, it is advisable to use 3G networks instead of Wi-Fi to access the internet because mobile phone providers usually encrypt traffic between available cell towers and your device. This is important because it reduces the chances of your phone being hacked when accessing the internet.
Downloading Antivirus AppsDownloading antivirus apps like AVG, Lookout and Norton. This is also necessary for Smartphone users that share files, use the Smartphone apps and the internet regularly. Mobile apps act as potential vectors for transmitting malware on smartphones. It is therefore important to have antivirus software in your phone to prevent hackers from hacking into your phone through popular apps that you use on your phone on a daily basis. Installing an antivirus on your phone not only provides you with real-time protection but also helps you to scan your mobile device regularly to flush out harmful files.
Delete browsing historyContrary to many people’s believes, deleting your browsing history can limit the chances of your mobile device being hacked. This is because there have been attempts to hack and steal personal information from Smartphone users by exploiting loopholes in browsing history settings that store passwords to applications or websites. It is therefore important to make sure that you delete all your browsing history to make it extremely difficult for hackers to succeed in breaching your mobile security.
Turn off BluetoothIt is also advisable to keep your Bluetooth off especially when you are in public places. Bluetooth is essential for transferring files from one device to another. You can also use Bluetooth to connect and control devices. The security behind Bluetooth connections is however weak and can be easily hacked. You should therefore make sure that your Bluetooth is turned off at all times in public places. You should also set a password for accessing your Bluetooth to avoid unwanted devices from accessing your mobile device i.e. phone. This way you will eliminate potential mobile security breaches through Bluetooth connections.
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