These days, most of us PC users are well-equipped with ways on how to protect our systems from malware but as we are also now in the age of mobile technology, let’s bear in mind that viruses have evolved to fit in that category. So, the additional challenge now is how to protect your phones from being infected.
Here are some tips that could help you secure your mobiles from such an unwanted invasion:
1. Be Aware of Mobile Risks.
Learn to recognize when an application or game is malicious and always check its source. The golden rule to live by is if an app is asking for more that what is necessary for it to do its job, don’t install it.
2. Consider the Wifi Network You are Accessing.
It’s general knowledge that over the air networks are not secure. For instance, if you are using the Wifi connection of an airport, chances are likely that are there malicious users sniffing the wireless traffic, looking for whatever data they could get their noses into. So unless you are in a secure area, refrain from opening files especially those that are highly confidential.
3. Avoid Jailbreaking.
When you do jailbreaking, you are eliminating what security limitations that are imposed on your mobile device. Also known as “rooting,” this means obtaining complete access to the operating systems and features. This also means you are breaking the security model and allowing all apps, which include the malicious ones, to gain access to the data belonging to other applications.
4. Encrypt your Phone.
Apart from the possibility of getting infected by malware, chances of losing your phone are still higher. Hence, protect it from both possibilities by fully encrypting it. This makes it very hard for someone to break and steal your data. And as old fashioned as it may seem, setting a password for your phone and SIM card are still mandatory.
5. Update your Operating Systems Regularly.
If you’re using an Android system, the challenge is getting through updates which can be blocked in numerous ways. This can be by Google (which updates the operating system), by the manufacturer of the handset (which may release updates for latest models only) or by the provider of the mobile (which may not increase network bandwidth to support updates). If you can’t update your Android OS, your phone is susceptible to such exploits. Therefore, it would be prudent to do a research on which mobile providers and handset manufacturers apply updates and which ones don’t.
6. Install Apps Only from Trusted and Established Sources.
To be on the safe side, install apps only from trusted sources like Google Play and Apple App Store.
7. Install Anti-Malware on your Phone.
Just like that of your PCs and laptops which have anti-virus protection, so should your mobile devices. Note that infection risk is particularly high for Android. Since it already has available security software, do avail of this malware protection. Malware also exists for iOS and Blackberry but the disadvantage is they don’t support anti-malware.
Malware threat is always present, lurking around for the next victim. Our best defense therefore is to protect our gadgets from its attack and prevent it from gaining access to whatever sensitive data we have. The same rule follows with our mobile phones. Doing these tips can certainly help in achieving that objective.