Make Your Smartphone Hack-Proof With These 3 Easy Steps
Smartphones are a vital aspect of modern life everywhere in the world, and definitely not just Singapore. They are essentially portable computers that let you do almost everything from playing music to sending messages, and even making purchases online.
But it’s also what makes it vulnerable. From the moment you purchase it, you put in a lot of your own personal, private information. And when you’re careless about the things you click and download, you might find yourself in a lot of trouble.
Here’s how you can keep your smartphone safe from viruses and malware lurking all over the internet:
Avoid opening e-mails or download attachments from unknown sources
The most common way for hackers to spread malware is sending emails or links with malicious code. Though they may seem innocent at first, the attachments that come with them could open up your phone’s security and leave your private information vulnerable.
When you do open these emails and download these attachments, the malicious code automatically comes with them. The malware collects your data and sends them to the hacker afterwards, who can then proceed to make transactions online in your name.
Don’t install any unapproved third-party apps…
…or open unknown links or “clickbait” posts on social media, since this is also another tactic used by hackers to redirect unwitting users to websites that automatically download malware onto their devices.
The apps themselves may also contain malicious code that could steal your online information if you’re not careful enough. In fact, plenty of apps from both Apple’s and Google’s app stores have been removed because of this, and a comprehensive policy for apps has been implemented since.
If your phone runs on an Android operating system, you can adjust the settings in your phone to prevent or allow unknown, third-party sources from downloading apps.
While constantly having to check or uncheck this option can sometimes be annoying, it can be a life-saver in the long run.
Scan your phone regularly using an anti-virus app
Newer phone units usually come with their own anti-virus app, but you can easily download one for free from the App Store (whether it’s Apple or Google) and set the app to do regular scans on your phone. To be even safer, be sure to only download apps by trusted companies.
Keeping your personal information safe and secure is a priority especially if you use it for online purchases, but you don’t always need to be constantly worried that someone else will take all your private information.
In fact, as long as you practice safe surfing habits and stay away from suspicious links and unauthorized apps, you should be fine.