People use mobile phones to send emails, share pictures, talk to friends, store contacts, addresses, and even as calculators. Smartphones users also use the device for their banking transactions. It follows that the information remains on the device somewhere. Different types of information on the device can be used by snoopers. For example, GPS can reveal the location of the person. Likewise, information about the sites visited can be obtained from cookies lodged on the device. It is an outright attack on the privacy of people.
However, there are ways and laws to prevent people who collect information and use it against the smartphone owners. But the best way is to prevent the snooper from an access to any information.
Here are Top 5 ways to make your mobiles secure:
1. Watch those permissions when you install apps with Antivirus:
For many people, it is annoying to read the instructions through the apps. However, an efficient piece of software, like those offered by Bitdefender Antivirus, can do it for you. Bitdefender Mobile Security is specially designed for Android devices.
It offers things such as anti-theft, web security, malware scanner, app lock, and privacy advisor. An antimalware program like Malwarebytes informs the smartphone owner about which feature on the phone can be accessed by apps so that the user can take appropriate actions to prevent such access.
2. Watch how you share or send those files, SMS, emails, or even talk on phone:
But even otherwise, when images are taken, an EXIF is created. This information is enough to know the time when it was made, and where the person was at that point of time. It also lets the snooper know the device’s identity number. An instant EXIF remover helps to delete such information.
Encrypting SMS with apps like TextSecure is a good idea and the ChatSecure app is good for instant message encryption. You may never have thought that your calls can become a source of information for somebody. You can encrypt what you talk with RedPhone app or SilentPhone.
3. Watch browsing activity
Cookies land on the device from various sites that are opened and keep track of what you are interested in. There are add-ons such as Self-destructing cookies, which can help in such cases. CleanQuit add-on is even better. It removes all the history such as the sites you have visited and which sites you frequent. It also removes history of any downloading.
4. Encrypt all information:
First and foremost, not much of personal data should be kept on smartphones. Unlike desktops, and laptops, these can be lost more quickly. Device encryption using antivirus makes all data that is stolen unintelligible. This is important in many cases as the device may continue to have a lot of your information even if you are no longer using it. But if the data is needed, a backup solves the problem.
5. Device security:
Smartphones can be left in one place for enough time for snoopers to glean information. It is also hard to say no when other person needs to send a message or call somebody and their device is lost or has run out of charge.
Even otherwise, private messages and images can be kept secret almost instantaneously using Screen locker apps. AppLock does not allow others to use apps on your smartphone. It also locks video recordings and photographs in separate vaults to prevent easy access.
It is obvious that the security concerns on smartphones are slightly complex than those on PCs. Nevertheless, there is a lot of similarity in the antivirus needed. Many of the methods of preventing viruses on desktop computers are also valid on smartphones. It is a question of being “better safe than sorry” when it comes to privacy with your smartphone.