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5 things you need to know to keep your smartphone secure

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5 things you need to know to keep your smartphone secure

At this point, our smartphones might as well be an extension of our own bodies. We can use it to communicate with various apps, we’re able to customise almost every aspect of it to our liking, and we’re able to modify it whenever we want through the use of apps. As utopian as this sounds, the reality is very different. Some apps might want to access data you didn’t even know about, and some might even be harmful to your phone. So we’ve assembled a handy guideline on how to keep your smartphone secure

Set a screen lock

Most phones have the functionality for you to lock your phone through various means. On iPhone you have three options depending on your phone; FaceID, TouchID, or a PIN. On Android, you’re also able to set up a Fingerprint Lock, Face Scan, PIN or Gesture that unlocks your phone. This will essentially act as a second line of defence to your data if someone steals your phone or if you leave it somewhere. If they had access to your phone, they’d be able to access all of your data and apps, and potentially your card details. Set one up if you have not done so already!

Be careful with what apps you install

On the App Store or Play Store, certain apps may require access to certain details in order for you to use them. It’s always worth reading what data that the app might receive from you in the event that this happens. For example, if a camera app wants all the details of your entire contact list, it’s best to not install it. You should always be wary of apps being able to gain access to things, as they can harvest this data from you and then sell it on. Be wary of installing apps from unauthorised sources, too, as it will leave you open to malicious attacks.

Be careful of Malware or Adware

This is more for the Android users out there, even if an app is on the Play Store it does not mean that it is 100% Secure. You need to see how many downloads any particular app has received and make sure to read the reviews in order to determine for yourself whether an app is trustworthy or not. These malicious apps are also able to drain your battery quickly and have other adverse impacts upon your smartphone.

Only use trusted WiFi networks

Something that a lot of people forget is that not all WiFi networks that you see are equal. The way the internet works is that you send and receive packets of data. However, if you see an open WiFi network with a generic name, they may be able to read those packets of data - meaning that you should be incredibly careful when accessing any random open WiFi networks. Make sure that any network that you connect to is trusted!

Keep it updated

One of the best ways to make sure that you are able to keep your phone secure, is to always ensure that your smartphone is kept updated. There are a few types of software updates, one will update the operating system of your phone, which are less regular, the other is security patches, which make sure that your phone is kept safe away from any malicious people looking to extract data from your phone. Make sure you delve into your phone settings just to ensure you are on the latest possible version, keeping you secure.