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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

10 Common Smartphone mistakes that expose you to Security Risks

Smart phones have unarguably evolved into an irreplaceable part of our daily lives . Think of how many times do you use your phone in a day? Quite a lot times I guess . With such an important device that’s a vital part of our daily lives, It is rather shocking the mistakes and errors people make on smartphones, thereby unnecessarily expose themselves to security risks.

Here’s a quick list of the most common mistakes people make:

(1) Not Locking Your Phone 
It may seem stress to type in your screen lock password or draw your unlock pattern any time you want to use your phone but this is one the easiest ways to prevent unauthorized access and/or use of your phone. Hackers can crack any screen lock security with some given time, but this step gives you a basic form of first level security that will prevent most people from accessing your phone. 

The best type of security code for smartphones are PINs or more preferably passwords. Screen patterns can easily be hacked. Set your phone to lock the screen after one minute of being idle.

(2) Not Turning On The AntiTheft Feature On Your Phone On 
Not all smartphones come with this but with this option, the phone has a second layer of security. I once sold a Tecno H3 to one of my friends, I forgot that I set the AntiTheft feature on. Even after he flashed the phone, the AntiTheft feature was still in place. He couldn’t use the phone until I unlocked it. One good thing about the anti theft feature is that once your SIM is removed, the app will anonymously send an SMS with the next sim card that’s slotted in the phone to the number that you selected as security numbers.

Once your phone gets stolen, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Except of course your pictures..

(3) Joining Public Wi-Fi Networks 
Some people are fond of doing this, joining any Wi-Fi network they see forgetting that this is also a major security risk. Information and data transmitted over public Wi-Fi networks are visible to anybody on the network if they know how to view it.

Hackers can easily steal your details and remotely access your smartphone. If you have to connect to a public Wi-Fi network, make sure you’re using a VPN like Droid VPN or TUNNEL BEAR VPN . VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is a method to connect to websites securely . Otherwise, use your mobile data network.

(4) Not Having An Antivirus Installed 
Some people will go to great lengths to make sure they have the latest and most up-to-date antivirus for their PC but the protection for their smartphone is Zero . 85% of most smartphones do not have security or Antivirus apps pre-installed . Only a number of smartphone users install antivirus and other security software.

I recommend Bitdefender , AVG and Avast to secure your Android phone . By installing an antivirus on your smartphone, you also avoid transferring a virus to your computer via USB which is a common problem these days. Some damaged memory cards may have the shortcut virus that replicates itself many times in a PC as shortcuts to programs but this can be fixed with Smadav PC Antivirus.

(5) Forgetting or Refusing To Install Updates 
Most Smartphone manufacturers use software updates to improve functionality and to fix security gaps. In general, you should accept updates to your phone’s operating system as soon as you are notified. If you don’t have enough data try subscribing and updating your phone.

The same goes with applications on your phone. Make it a habit to regularly update the software running on your smartphone.

We will post the concluding five (5) Smartphone mistakes tomorrow Thursday.

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