With the passing time, more and more devices of convenience are being invented to bridge the gap between human effort and progress. Advanced technology has allowed the modern generation to speed things up and to remove the bumps along the way. One such tool that’s currently taken the world by storm is a smartphone.
Observation shows that people are so reliant on their smartphones these days to carry them through the obstacles of life that they cannot even imagine spending a few hours without them. These sleek devices have become an extension of their selves. Whenever they face a problem, they automatically reach out for their mobiles to look for a solution.
For instance, if you’re away on vacation and want to check up on the house, you can tap into the live video stream, caught by the outdoor cam, from your mobile and see if everything’s okay. Or, if you’re sitting in the office and wish to review the remote employees’ performance, you can access the web portal of the firm from your smartphone and analyze the growing or waning stats. Or, if you’re relaxing on the couch and suddenly realize the due date of the utility bills is today, you can even pay the amount via online transfer right from your phone. And the list of examples which show the importance of a smartphone for today’s users goes on.
The point is that this smart device has quite a large magnitude and an influence on your life that you cannot risk taking it for granted. It is a privy to some of the most private and confidential information that’s formative of your identity, like your social security number, bank accounts, codes, passwords, authorized accesses, business data, financial details, and whatnot. So, if your smartphone goes into the wrong hands because of your oversight, it could possibly topple your life over.
What should you do? Protect your smartphone to the best of your abilities. Reinforce its security with the latest upgrades. But, most important of all, refrain from making the following blunders, which are oftentimes unconsciously done.
Your smartphone is a gateway into your personal life. The password is its key. If the gate is unlocked, it could give access to practically anyone, right? Now, imagine forgetting your phone at the bus stop by mistake and then coming home to realize that anyone who picks it up could potentially open it and rummage through the personalized contents, because of the lack of a password security. Double-impact blow, isn’t it? So, never leave your phone unprotected. There are four kinds of passwords you could set up. One is a four-digit pin. Two, a unique combination of alphabets and numbers. Three, a fingerprint scan if your smartphone supports that. Four, a facial recognition lock if your phone is of the advanced variety.
Enabling Auto Log-in:
We, as human beings, are always looking for options for convenience, regardless of the possibility that they might cost us in the long run. Auto sign-in is one such trap. Whenever you set up a new password on a sensitive mobile app or a smartphone-accessed website, especially the financial and banking ones, you tend to save the password on the browser when the option comes up. Why? So, later on, you don’t have to retype the password, again and again, every time you open the app/site, and you’ll be automatically logged in. It’s difficult to manage so many passwords, after all. Auto-saving sounds much easier, doesn’t it? But in reality, it isn’t. Auto sign-ins allow anyone and everyone who get their hands on your phone to open the sensitive apps/sites freely and maneuver your data because the password requirement is eliminated by the auto log-in option. So, for your personal safety, do keep it disabled. Prefer typing the password, and even go for a two-factor authentication, if you can.
Responding to Phishing Emails:
‘Click here to receive a $100 coupon for free’ or ‘Resend your credit card information because there was an error processing your order.’ Both of these are just small examples of fraudulent emails that are dispatched to users worldwide on a daily basis. Under the guise of being sent from reputable companies, these emails elicit the users to reveal their personal information, like passwords, usernames and financial details, which is then used by the cyber-criminals for malicious purposes. Not only that, the attached links included in fraudulent emails are basically virtual invitations for the hackers to come and contaminate the host device with malware. So, the next time you check mail from your smartphone over a stable and safe Spectrum internet connection, simply overlook the questionable emails and carry on with your surfing.
Posting Sensitive Information Online:
I am aware of the crucial role social media platforms play in your life. They give you a chance to express yourself and to connect with your friends and distant relations virtually. But do you know that apart from the main audience your posts are actually meant for, there are sinister entities out there too who secretively view your posts and take advantage of the information that’s laid out in them? Well, there are and it is against these you should keep an eye out for. Refrain from posting your vacation pictures online, as it would enable the burglars to confirm your absence and to target your house. Also, turn off the location option whenever you do post pictures, as it would make it difficult for criminals to pinpoint you.
Connecting to Unsecured Networks:
The times when you’re traveling and are outside the reach of the secure private network of your home or workplace, you tend to connect to the open free public Wi-Fi. It is usually available in restaurants, airports, libraries etc. However, apart from the authentic connections, there are certain counterfeit nodes too, which are set up by hackers. If you connect to those fake networks, your smartphone could most probably get hacked. So, always confirm the security credentials of a network before syncing to it.
Thus, if you take care of the aforementioned oversights, your smartphone’s security shield will remain intact, and with that, your personal, private information too.