Keeping Your Phone Safe From Digital Threats
These days, it’s difficult to ignore the fact that many of our computers and mobile devices simply aren’t safe. If we neglect them and fail to install proper security software, then we’re essentially offering ourselves up on a silver platter. Hackers love to gain access to your information to steal payment information or even personal details that can be sold en-masse to black markets. Nobody wants all of their personal data leaked onto the internet, so you can imagine just how important it is to protect your devices.
One of the most common devices we use today is a smartphone. It can do everything. From checking our emails to doing the shopping or even using it to open our garage door, smartphones come with a plethora of features. And even if it doesn’t come with a feature by default, there’s a good chance that someone’s going to make an app for it.
But how do you protect your phone? Can you just install some anti-virus software and call it a day? To some extent, yes, but there are a couple of ways to ensure that you’re always protected and have basically guaranteed security.
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Regardless of the phone you use, security is important
There’s this common idea that Android devices are far more susceptible to threats like viruses and malware because it’s a much more open platform. However, this simply isn’t true. In fact, both Android and Apple phones have vulnerabilities that can and will be exploited. If you’re going to keep your phone safe, you first need to get rid of the stigma that only Android devices can be infected.
Be more mindful of random internet connections
While everyone loves a bit of free WiFi when we’re away from home, you should always take precautions to ensure that you’re not connecting to potentially dangerous networks that can easily be hacked or used to find your personal information. The golden rule is to avoid public WiFi spots as best as you can. However, if you do need to use one, such as at a Starbucks, then make absolutely sure that you’re protected with some kind of VPN or anti-virus software.
Install some kind of protection software
There are now lots of different apps that can help you protect your phone, but we suggest that you use well-known brands that you can trust. These usually also come with additional features. For instance, Norton 360 comes with LifeLock which not only protects you with real-time threat protection, a secure VPN and a password manager, but even comes with identity theft protection to ensure that your personal details are kept safe.
Make sure your phone’s security is up to date
The first thing you can do to ensure that your phone’s security is up to date is to simply run its auto update feature. Sometimes, this might involve actually updating your phone’s version, but it also might just be a few security updates for your own safety.