Our phones are no longer just phones. The „phone” you use to keep in touch is actually a small computer – a mobile device that contains valuable information about you, your family, your friends, and your life. Can you imagine losing it? What if your mobile device was infected by a virus or targeted by a phishing attack? The information on your mobile device has become just as indispensable and confidential as the information on your laptop or desktop PC. So it is time to stop restricting protective measures to your computer.
Most people use their mobile devices for much more than just making calls. Maybe that also applies to you. You may be using your mobile device to pay bills, check emails, get directions, find out about retail promotions, download vouchers, book movie tickets, check the weather forecast, buy plane tickets, and who knows what else? There are tons of ways to make your life easier thanks to the applications, or „apps,” available for your mobile device.
For many, mobile devices have become a lifeline in their professional, family and private lives. Mothers and fathers use them to keep in touch with their children, managers use them to make appointments or keep an eye on share prices, and business owners use them to take stock and communicate to employees, business partners and customers. The list is endless.
Your phone may hold banking and insurance data, personal contracts, and tons of personal and business information that you use every day. But what would happen if you lost your mobile device? What would the consequences be if it were stolen? What if it were infected with a virus that threatens to destroy or steal that information? Below we take a closer look at some of the precautionary measures you should take in light of your increasing reliance on the „minicomputer” in your pocket or pocket.
Loss of your mobile device
As with any other item, your mobile phone has the potential to be lost or stolen. So take note of these safety tips:
Always lock your mobile phone when you are not using it and do not reveal the password to anyone. Having to „unlock” your device each time before you use it can be a nuisance, but it is also your first line of defense in the event of loss or theft, as it prevents thieves from having immediate access to your information. If your children have cell phones, teach them how to use the lock function.
When you can’t take your phone with you, don’t leave it in the car where everyone can see it. This will only tempt thieves. Instead, lock it in the trunk or glove box. Of course, it’s even better to take it with you.
- Hide private address
Many smartphones are now equipped with location technology. If you use this function, it is quite possible that your home address will be displayed as a „favorite” or frequently visited destination address. It would be better to save it under a false name so that in the event of theft, the perpetrator does not immediately know where you live. You should also turn off location detection when you don’t need it.
- Report loss as soon as possible
If your mobile phone is lost or stolen, notify your telephone provider immediately to prevent strangers from using it. Depending on the provider, you could be held liable for unauthorized use of the device if you fail to report the theft or loss within a certain period of time. Also, find out if your provider offers location services to track down lost or stolen phones.
- Don’t Forget
Your Old Phones When you decide to buy a new phone, remember to first erase your personal information from the old device. Most mobile devices have a factory reset option which you should use before recycling or storing. Also remember to remove inserted memory cards or delete all data on them.
- To secure
The best measure you can take for the physical security of your mobile device is to use software with a wealth of functions specifically designed to protect devices from unauthorized use. Norton Mobile Security can e.g. For example, not only will you keep strangers from using your phone, but it will also help you or law enforcement agencies track it down. You can also use the software to lock the device over the Internet and display a self-composed message that includes contact information or return instructions for Finder. If your device happens to be stolen and cannot be recovered, Norton Mobile Security can remotely erase your data to prevent it from falling into the hands of strangers.
- Short-term storage It
is not advisable to save confidential data on the mobile phone for a long time. Keep the amount of data stored there as low as possible and refrain from using it as a digital storage facility in the long term. If possible, you should keep confidential information away from your device.
- Public Wi-Fi
Thieves often target unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots to hack private devices or to peek over your shoulder in the old-fashioned way. Be discreet with your phone in public and avoid public WiFi whenever you can. Also, set the device’s WiFi settings so that it does not automatically connect to every WiFi signal it receives.
- Virtual private network
It’s a good idea to use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt personal information, especially if you use your device often in cafes and other public places. You should also encrypt application data.
backup Making regular backups of your data and synchronizing them with your laptop is another effective security measure.
- App Downloads
Thorough app research before downloading is absolutely essential, as unfortunately app stores contain a multitude of apps that steal your information or install malware on your phone. Therefore, find out exactly about the app and the manufacturer before you click „Install”.
Phones are not immune to phishing attacks
As mentioned earlier, your smartphone is literally a computer. And just like your desktop PC or laptop at home or in the office, smartphones are also susceptible to threats, viruses and attacks.
You probably know by now that you shouldn’t click unknown links while online on your mobile device. In fact, you should exercise the same care in choosing which websites to visit as you would with any other computer. In other words, be careful!
In fact, it is easy for you to click on a fraudulent link that takes you to a website that has tricked you into giving out your personal information in order to steal your money, your identity, or both. Norton Mobile Security protects against phishing and download threats, and even removes threats to your mobile device before they can cause damage, without slowing down the device or adding essentials to your program mix.
Protect your tablet too
Tablets are becoming more and more popular and, as with other „smart” devices, the same applies here: Protect your tablet and the data on it from loss, theft, viruses and other threats. Norton Mobile Security scans all incoming files on the device to help protect against viruses and malware. You can also use a manual scan to check the security of existing applications and files.
Just like your smartphone, your tablet needs web, threat, and phishing protection, and Norton Mobile Security does it justice. The solution’s features, which were specially developed to ward off thieves and troublemakers, offer you additional protection without affecting the processing time or surfing speed of your tablet.
We have our smartphones and tablets with us almost everywhere we go. Losing them can cost us time and money, create uncomfortable and embarrassing moments, and have even worse consequences. Protect these devices like you would any other computer. Ultimately, you should give the same level of protection to all devices in your home that are used by children or you and your partner. Teach your kids to be smart and careful about the Internet not only on desktops and laptops, but also on smartphones and tablets.