5 security tips to keep your mobile safeUE
Your mobile phone goes everywhere with you, carrying your most sensitive information. Whether these are text messages or account passwords, this information being accessed makes you vulnerable. Most people, despite knowing this, don’t take the steps needed to ensure security of their phones, and hence, their data.
We’ve got a list of to-dos to protect your phone from hackers on a daily basis.
1. Lock your screen
This one sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t have a home screen lock. Locking your home screen sees that people lurking around can’t open your phone and access your information. While there are ways around this too, a layman won’t be able to access your data in a short span, when your phone is left unattended. To increase security, set a complex password or pattern that’s tough to guess.
2. Lock your apps separately
Assuming someone manages to open your phone, install an app locker, that puts one more layer of security over the apps you choose. If your Notes Folder has sensitive information you don’t want accessed, you can choose to lock just that as well. You’ll have to put in a password every time you open the app, giving it the extra security cushioning.
3. Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication, like an app lock, adds one more layer of security to your accounts. Most apps like WhatsApp and Instagram have the option of two-factor authentication on the app itself, which asks for an extra password when you need to log into our account again. A common form of this is sending a one-time-password to your mobile number before you log in. Even though this might be some extra hassle, it makes it much harder to hack your accounts.
4. Don’t use public charging ports
This sounds inconvenient, but public charging ports can sometimes be compromised. Charging ports at airports, cafes, etc, are accessed by many people, and might not be safe. When you plug your phone into one of these, it doesn’t just charge your phone, but can also make it vulnerable to transmitting data. A hacker, through a compromised charging port, could access emails, texts, and any form of communication, including passwords. This is called juice jacking. To avoid this, it’s best to carry your own portable charger if your phone runs out of battery.
5. Do not jailbreak or root your phone
Jailbreaking for iPhones and rooting for Android phones is a way of accessing locked features in your phone, that enable you to change the styles, features, and functions of your device. It’s like ‘breaking into the jail’ of restrictions your phone has. However, this can make your phone more vulnerable to attacks by hackers, as it also breaks down security systems designed to guard your phone. The rules are there for a reason, so don’t break them!
If you follow these tips, there’s a high chance your device will remain secure. However, if you still get hacked, or face any other issues with your phone in Dubai, look no further. At Fixperts Shop, we provide all sorts of mobile repair services. This includes data backing and retrieval, replacing phone screens, battery repair, and so on. Contact us on our Toll Free number today, at – 80081, or visit our office on Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.