Secure Your Smartphone
These days everyone stores a lot of personal information on their Smartphone’s that they wouldn’t want anyone to see, let alone reveal if it was lost or stolen, your smartphone knows a lot about you. With a huge range of Smartphone’s and Operating Systems (OS) running them, it can get a little confusing in how to secure them. Here are a few ways to help increase Smartphone safety and keep your personal details safe.
- Always protect your Smartphone with a password, keystroke pattern or a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your user manual will explain how, or go to the manufacturer’s website if you can’t find the information. If you use your phone to access your work email or intranet, they will probably require that you protect it with a password or PIN.
- Try to avoid using free unsecured Wi-Fi access. Accessing the internet via an open network maybe free, simple and convenient but it comes with risks. If you have automatic wireless connection enabled on your smartphone and it connects to a insufficiently secured wireless network you leaving the door open for just about anyone to see what you don’t want them too.
- Install security software. This will check apps and websites and help you possibly recover your smartphone if lost or stolen, or wipe the data on it if you can’t get it back. Check the internet security vendors for features on their mobile security software.
- When you think about installing an App, be careful. Apps can do many things these days, from changing the channels on your TV to showing the latest details on your social network page. Whenever you install an App be sure to do it from a trusted source.
- Take the time to understand the permissions you are allowing apps. Be wary about granting access to personal and/or device information or letting apps do unnecessary actions in order to work. Installing a good mobile internet security package will do this job for you.
- Install the latest updates. As with computer Operating Systems (OS) you need to make sure the software on your Smartphone is up to date too. This will not only add new features and patches to your phone but will also make it more secure. This includes the Apps you have added.
- Write down your IMEI number. The phone’s unique identifier code, its 15 digit IMEI number can usually be found close to the SIM card slot and battery compartment in a phone. Write down this IMEI number and keep it in a safe place at home in case you need to cancel the phone, it will make things quicker, or more important to report the phone as lost or stolen to the police. Having the IMEI number will help make sure the handset can be quickly returned to you if it is found. You can check the IMEI number on the phone itself by typing *#06# on the keypad.
- One feature you may want to check if you have installed is something like Windows Phone 7 “Find My Phone” feature which as it says, helps you find your phone if lost or stolen. Some of them can even wipe your Smartphone remotely if they have business or very personal information stored.
- If your Smartphone does not include something similar to “Find My Phone” or Apple’s “Find My iPhone” it may be an idea to check out your Smartphone manufacturer’s website or online to download an application to do the job.
- Last, but not least, learn to look after your Smartphone as you would your wallet or purse. You would be surprised on how many people do leave mobile devices on trains, taxis and aeroplanes.