Mobile Phone Security Safety Tips

While it’s fairly easy to figure out PC safety (buy antivirus and adware blocking software), using a “secure” smartphone or mobile device is a different story.  These units don’t really operate like computers, and you may not have the first clue on how to use this system safely.

With greater abilities and massive outreach to the entire world, these smartphones are at an exceptionally high risk for fraud software, spam software, and even adware or spyware.  Needless to say, it’s a big headache to have to reinstall your mobile phone software, especially if you’re not using Windows.  Back in the day, using Linux was an easy way to avoid problems with SPAM and viruses, since viruses were only a Windows problem, given Linux’s obscurity.  However, all of Linux’s IoS for phones come with less security, due to mass popularity and a fairly easy to use system.

Some of the Most Important Mobile Phone Security Tips.

Mobile Phone Security Tips

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1. Use VPN services when you are accessing the Internet from a wireless connection.
Wireless connections are always less secure than hardwired systems.  Also, whenever you move in and move out of WI-FI area, like a restaurant, hotel or library, you are actually moving in and out of protection; firewalls, secured WI-FI connections, and the like.

2. Password protect your sites and profiles.
It is also a wise idea to password protect your phone, making it very difficult for outsiders to guess your password or break into your connection.  Don’t make it easy to guess…the more obscure the better, the more added numbers and stray letters the better.

3. Surf cautiously.
This doesn’t just mean avoiding suspicious apps or web pages   Be sure to check carefully for mistyped URLs, for suspicious email links or email messages, and the like.  It is also important to make sure a website uses encryption technology, which is indicated by the phrase https at the beginning of the address.  This doesn’t really matter on entertainment sites so much, but on sites that hold your personal account information, or billing data, this is a crucial point.

4. Install security software created for mobile phones.
For the best results, install software that was created for smartphones, and for your brand of phone in general.  The phone company may have its own recommended software, or you may have to search for a trusted brand name.  However, by focusing on your specific type of smartphone during the search, you will find features custom built for your unit.  Don’t forget to stay regular with the security software updates.

5. Avoid jail broken phones.
These phones have been altered from their original form, and thus their operating systems have been compromised.  Once a phone has been jail broken, it is extra vulnerable to downloads.  The application that allows the option if jailbroken phones should be avoided if you really desire a secure connection.

6. Check each app’s data access
Most applications will not have access to vital processes on your system or your personal information.  Think about the app in context.  If there is no reason for a particular program to have access to highly personal or important data, there could be a problem.

7. Be on the lookout for fraudulent messages.
Because of the particular operation of smartphones, most of all the fraud activity will come from sources that want you to think they are a trusted brand.  They may even have you digitally sign a waiver authorizing them to do anything they want.  So be suspicious of any emails or browser messages you get—and always check out the URL or email address for incongruent letters.

It’s fairly easy to figure out smartphone safety as well as PC safety, if you keep on the watch for security compromises.