Ever wonder how to keep your smartphone secure? What are you doing to make sure cyber thieves can’t hack your phone and steal your information?
In today’s blog post, we share five ways to keep your smartphone–and the information on it–safe.
Keep reading to learn more!
Important Smartphone Security Statistics
Before we share a few security tips, check out these startling statistics from nowsecure.com.
- More than 40 percent of mobile device users don’t use a passcode, PIN, or pattern lock on their device. Passcodes are important because they help prevent third parties from gaining access to your smartphone.
- Social media apps are three times more likely than other apps to expose a user’s password for that app.
- Nearly a quarter of all mobile apps have some sort of security flaw.
Your mobile device stores a lot of important–and sensitive–information! Keep reading to learn how to keep it safe.
5 Ways to Keep Smartphone Secure
Here are a few ways to make sure your mobile device is safe against security threats:
- Beware of Public WiFi.
Cyber thieves use sophisticated technology to hack public WiFi. When they do this, they can see what you’re doing on your phone–including when you enter a passcode or log in to a mobile banking site.
So don’t log in to secure sites or perform financial transactions over public WiFi.
- Update your phone’s operating system.
Your phone’s operating system is updated often to fix security bugs. When your operating system is out of date, your phone is more vulnerable to security flaws that make it easier for cyber thieves to steal your information.
- If an app asks for access to the information on your phone, make sure it’s for a good reason.
Apps often ask for permission to access apps, folders, files, and data. Make sure what it’s asking for is relevant. If not, look for an alternative app.
- Always use a strong password.
Surprisingly, most people don’t use a passcode or PIN to unlock their phones, which means if their devices are stolen or lost, thieves can easily access the information stored on it. Always use a strong passcode or PIN to access your phone.
- Be aware of malicious apps.
If you want to download a new app, do some research first. App stores usually check to make sure applications don’t contain malware, but that doesn’t mean some malicious apps can’t slip through the cracks.
Read reviews, check how many people have downloaded the app, and never download something that isn’t in an official app store such as Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Related: How to Prevent Online ID Theft
To Sum It Up
Your smartphone is vulnerable to cyber threats, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to protect your information.
When you update your operating system, do research before downloading apps, and use a strong passcode to unlock your phone, you help keep your smartphone secure.
And don’t forget: the Persons Banking Company Education Center has informative videos and documentation about online banking, mobile banking, online bill pay, security tokens, ID theft, and more. Click here to check it out.