Whilst people are fairly vigilant with security for their laptop and desktop computers, they’re not so vigilant about protecting their smart phones.
- Keep your phone locked. When enabling a lock screen, you’ll have the option to choose how long the phone can be idle before locking. Be sure to choose the shortest amount of time.
- Set secure passwords. Setting strong passwords on your apps will make it harder for a hacker to guess them. It is also suggested to set up a different password for each app.
- Keep your device up to date. Updates to mobile phone operating systems are released often to improve security, patch vulnerabilities and performance.
- Be aware of what you download. When you’re downloading apps, be sure to download them from the official app stores and check the reviews.
- Only connect to a secure WIFI. While free WIFI can save on mobile data usage, free WIFI connections are usually unsecured.
- Don’t jailbreak your phone. It may be tempting to jailbreak or root your phone to access app stores which may be unofficial, however you are at risk of not being able to access the latest update to security on the devices operating system.
- Encrypt your phone. Most phones have encryption settings which can be enabled in the security menu. To check if your iOS device is encrypted, go to the settings menu, and click on “Touch ID & Passcode”. It will prompt you to enter your lock screen and from the bottom of the page, you should be able to enable the “Data Protection” function.