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Smartphones: Protection against cyber attacks

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Irrespective of a list of other necessities of life, smartphones have also become an inevitable part of life. We get up in the morning and first, we look at our cellular phones either to check the time or else it plays the role of an alarm clock. We are living in a world of technology, where every day a new innovation is a part of news headlines. Technology has no doubt improved our lives with so much more than ever before. We can not even think of an environment without modern and advanced devices either it is your office, educational institute, or even home.

Undoubtedly, smartphones are a person’s handy but in the situation like a pandemic, smartphones and cellular devices gain even more fame. Why? Because you need everything to operate from home.  

 

Smartphones are mini-computers that store essential data of its owners, within it for years and years, depending on the device’s lifetime. But you may never know that the mini-computer you carry with yourself almost 24/7 is also a great meal for hackers and cyber attackers. Studies have shown that  It’s relatively more likely for the mobile users to click on the fraudulent links, emails, and buttons then that of desktop or laptop users. Modern mobile applications like gaming apps, banking apps, grocery apps, food apps, etc may also be greatly affected by cybercriminals. For this purpose, the role of independent software testing companies and teams is important because they ensure the quality of mobile software according to the business needs and requirements before a smartphone is released. 

 

So why don’t you think of protecting smartphones from its development? Because prevention is better than cure. We are here highlighting some of the ways through which you can protect smartphones from cybercriminals and attackers.

 

Here’s a list;

 

Set a passcode - Set a password on your mobile device so that if it is lost or stolen, your data will be more difficult to access. One of the biggest security risks is old-fashioned carelessness. When the phone is lost or stolen and is not protected by a password, the data is usually obtained from the phone. Openly invite thieves to hang out.

 

Keep a check on the unusual phone behavior - Check the unusual behaviors of your phone like the excess of bill amount, weird messages and calls, sudden decrease in the battery, suspicious charges, etc. 

 

Before accepting app permissions understand them hard - It is your responsibility as an owner to be conscious and cautious about permitting the mobile applications to have access to your personal or sensitive information including contact list, gallery or media, watch history, etc. You must also check the privacy settings of each application while installing it. 

 

Free wifi poses to be a potential threat - For a number of restaurants, bus terminals, hospitals, and airports providing free wireless Internet access seem to be a good and eye-catching point about the ambiance. Although it can be a potential threat to your mobile security. Free Wi-Fi is generally insecure, which allows hackers to place themselves between your device and Wi-Fi hotspots. In addition, any operation performed on the Internet using a free connection may be intercepted by bad actors.

 

Keep on updating mobile software - You must also make sure to update the software on your device when prompted. These updates usually include fixes for security vulnerabilities. These updates are usually fast, and if they cannot be run, they may be convenient for hackers. 

 

Be cognizant about the unfamiliar applications - Invest a little bit of time and effort on app and app developer research, when you plan to download a new gaming app or any other app. If you carelessly download or install app chances are you might experience spyware or ransomware. A little effort can lead you to a secure and healthy long term mobile phone

 

Turn off the features that are not necessary for you - Turn off all functions that are not needed at the time. For example, if you are not using GPS, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi, turn them off. This is especially important in public places (such as places with free Wi-Fi). If you decide to use free Wi-Fi, please avoid accessing sensitive information over the Internet. For example, don’t do banking or pay bills on unsecured public networks.

 

Conclusion 

 

Built-in the security of a mobile app is completely different from the security measures that a person must take on its own. Built-in security means that the mobile developing company has better endured its software testing before launching it for the general public. While a person who buys a specific phone must consider the above-mentioned list of ways to improve phone’s security.

 

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Olivia Wilson Olivia Wilson is a digital nomad and founder of Todays Past. She travels the world while freelancing & Guest blogging. She has over 5 years of experience in the field with multiple awards. She enjoys pie, as should all right-thinking people.
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