We rely on our phones for more and more with each passing year. However, sometimes the extra convenience of using one device for practically everything can expose you to extra risk. Having your social media, email, and banking accounts connected to your phone can allow hackers to cause huge amounts of damage. Because of this, you need to take steps to protect your phone from hacking attempts.
We’ve put together a list of techniques you can use to make it harder for hackers to infiltrate your phone. Check out these tips that can protect your device from unwanted access.
Don’t just download an app because it looks cool or has an interesting icon. Make sure you check reviews to see what kind of experiences users are having. Most apps that make a phone less secure will upset the people who download them, and those people will likely report it. Make sure to spend at least a few minutes reading reviews before you install anything, and check to see if the developers have other successful projects.
The idea of rooting (or “jailbreaking”) your phone to have greater control over its interface and install unofficial apps might seem attractive. However, it’s worth noting that the limitations your manufacturer has imposed on your phone are normally in place for good reasons. There are dangers involved with apps that aren’t available in your manufacturer’s store. Not all of them are dangerous, but some can steal your personal information and send it to hackers.
Hackers typically get into your phone through security loopholes, so it’s important that you don’t leave any. Update your software whenever there’s a new version and you’ll provide fewer doorways for hackers. Most software updates contain new security measures designed to make hacking harder than it’s worth.
Not all hacking is done remotely. Some hackers may try to gain access to your phone physically. It’s important to make sure you don’t leave your device lying around in public, and that you secure it with a passcode or fingerprint lock.
If you don’t sign out of a website you’ve been using, anybody with access to your device can start using your account without having to put in your username and password. Always remember to sign out of your banking apps, email, and social media so that hackers can’t access your accounts.
Sometimes it’s useful to take your phone in for professional service, and make sure hidden software hasn’t been installed on it without your knowledge. This is a good idea for phones you’ve been using for a while, but it’s also an essential step to take when buying a pre-owned phone. Use a diagnostic service to make sure there are no unwanted programs running on your phone, and that it remains secure.
Cell phone hacking can happen to anyone, but most hackers look for easy targets. Make sure you’re not one of them. Taking simple steps that make a hacker’s work difficult for them allows you to use your phone with confidence, and perform important work without worrying about security.