If you have a smartphone, chances are you have a ton of information stored on there. There are log-in passwords, emails, phone contacts, pictures, and maybe even credit card information. If someone were to gain access to your phone, they would have a ton of your personal information that you probably didn’t want to share. For this reason it is important to take steps to make sure that your smart phone is secure. There are ways of protecting it to ensure that if you lose your phone, or get some kind of malicious software installed on it, your data will remain protected.
The first thing you want to guard against is physical theft. While you can’t really stop someone from stealing your phone in most cases, you can at least stop them from gaining access to it once they have it. The easiest thing to do is have a secure lockscreen on your phone. Don’t just have it so that anyone can swipe open your phone. Most phones will let you choose what type of security you want to use, with choices ranging from a password, to a pattern, to facial recognition. By having something on your screen that only you can open, you will be safe from unwanted visitors.
Once you’ve protected yourself against physical intrusions, you want to protect it from digital ones. First, make sure you have anti-virus software installed on your phone. There are a ton of free ones you can find in your phones app store. Using one of these will protect you if you accidentally download some malicious software.
Another thing you’ll want to do is make sure that you are only downloading apps from trusted sources. There are apps that you can download that are not on the app store, but you will probably want to stay away from these. They have not passed the guidelines necessary to ensure that they are safe,and you could be downloading something that will steal your information. Also, don’t root or jailbreak your phone. Doing so removes a lot of security features that come with your phone, and you will be vulnerable without them.
Lastly, the best way to protect sensitive files is simply to not have them on your phone. Even if you take a ton of precautions, there is always something that can go wrong. If you have something that you don’t want getting out, like personal information, try to not store it on your mobile device. It may seem easy to just simply store this information on your phone, but it can cause you a headache in the future.
While these tips won’t stop you from every break in, they are a start. Just remember to keep a lock on your phone, to not make the password easy to guess, and to only install apps from trusted sources. If you can do things like this, you are well on your way to making sure that no one gets access to your phone. But again, these methods are not foolproof, so if there is something you don’t want getting stolen, try and not store it on your phone.