In today’s post, we wanted to cover some ways to help keep your mobile device secure!
We hear from client’s all the time who don’t want to run updates or see devices that are way out of date. While updates sometimes break things or change appearances, they are critical for security. Most updates will have security or bug patches that keep them locked tight.
Remember the Equifax breach a few years ago? The breach Equifax experienced was in part due to their computers not being fully updated. Microsoft found and corrected the vulnerability, but the patch was never installed on the Equifax computers. The concept is the same for your phone and tablet. Waiting a week or two before updating is a safe practice because any potential issue with the update is usually flushed out within the first week of a wide release.
Use A Passcode or Biometrics
At a minimum, use a four-digit pin to lock your device. We recommend using a 6-digit pin or password to secure your device when it is not in use. If entering this in every time you want to use your device is an issue, turn on the device’s biometrics. Apple devices will have FaceID, and Android devices will have iris or fingerprint scanners.
Turn off notifications or limit what things appear on your lock screen. Text or email previews, app updates, and other information can be revealed on your lock screen. Both Apple and Android enable their users to adjust what is previewed on the lock screen.
For Android users, open up the Settings app and find Sound and Notifications. Next, find the When Device Is Locked option and sets it to Hide Sensitive Contact. For Apple users, open up the Settings app and find the Notifications menu. Select the Show Previews option and set to hide previews or don’t show any at all.
Just like a computer, watch out for questionable links. If you see a link that is shortened and has bit.ly in it, there’s a chance its bad. These links can install malware or spyware on your device that can send all sorts of information out into the Internet.
Remote tracking is a standard feature on most devices. For Android users, open your phone’s Settings app and scroll to the Google section. Once selected, scroll to the Security section, and enable Find My Device. For Apple users, open your iPhone’s Settings app and select your Apple ID. Select the iCloud Settings option and enable Find My iPhone.
Note: This will only work if the device is turned on.
Stay Away From Public WiFi
While convenient, public WiFi networks can transmit your web activity. It is also easy for bad actors to set up fake public WiFi networks that will capture anything and everything you do online. They are challenging to detect because you still will connect to the Internet, but everything passes through them before reaching the web.
Whenever you install an app, it will automatically ask you for permission for different parts of your device like contacts, camera, location, etc. Consider why the app wants access to these parts of your phones. For example, if an app wants your location, consider manually entering it in when you need it, rather than it always having your location. Carefully considering these permissions are an easy way to boost security.
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