In today’s world, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t using a mobile device daily. Whether they’re using a smartphone to text and call, use certain apps, or answer emails, most people won’t go more than a few minutes without accessing their device.
Though incredibly convenient, unfortunately, these mobile devices are one of the fastest-growing spots for cybercriminals. From phishing attacks to malware, if you’re not careful, your device will become the place where a hacker steals your data.
Here are nine things you can do to keep your mobile device safe from attacks.
Set a Strong Password
At Itechra, we’ll always emphasize the importance of a strong password. Your password is your first line of defense against hackers, so it’s vital to choose one that’s unique.
Make sure your mobile device password is long and changed regularly. Should you ever lose your mobile device, you’ll be glad you took your password seriously instead of using a code that’s easy to guess.
Backup Your Devices
If worse comes to worst, your mobile device could be stolen or permanently damaged. In case this happens, you’ll want to have a backup of your data.
Having things backed up will give you peace of mind should anything happen to your device, as your data will be safely stored elsewhere.
Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Wi-Fi is a gateway for cybercriminals to access your mobile device. Be wary of public networks, especially those that don’t require a password to use. If you have to use a public Wi-Fi network, follow our tips here.
Hackers can also use Bluetooth to track and gain access to your device. Turning this off when not in use prevents additional connections from being made, keeping your data safe from those around you who might be trying to steal it.
Watch Your Apps
Do you have a bank app on your phone? What about apps that have your credit cards saved? If the answer is yes, these apps will make it easy for cybercriminals to steal your information.
When downloading apps, be sure they’re from an official organization and double-check their reviews. Sometimes, hackers will create apps that mimic other popular apps to access a user’s information. Though both Apple and Google screen their apps, there are still plenty that include malware.
Delete any apps you don’t need, and be sure to disable the use of your camera and microphone by any apps that don’t require them.
Disable Location Services
Most mobile devices have location-based services, allowing different apps to determine where your device is. This might be convenient, but it also leaves your device vulnerable to cybercriminals trying to spy on you.
Apps can use these services as a way to access more of your data and information, allowing hackers to use and sell it without your consent. Turning off your location is a safe step to prevent attacks from debilitating your mobile devices.
Be Wary of Plugs
Did you know that the plugs you use to charge your mobile device can also be a high-speed data link? This means that a variety of information can be transmitted through the use of said plug.
Enter, cybercriminals. They can use different plugs to install malware or even remove data from your mobile device.
Only plug in your devices to connections you trust and know to be safe. Public places such as coffee shops and airports are full of plugs that could be untrustworthy, as it’s tough to tell if they’ve been tampered with or not. Instead, try plugging your device into the USB port on your laptop.
Use Remote Wiping and Anti-Virus Software
Remote wiping software will allow you to wipe the data from your mobile device, even if you don’t currently have access to it. So should your device be stolen or end up in the wrong hands, you’ll still be able to protect your data.
You’ll want to make sure your data is backed up elsewhere before enabling this, as you won’t be able to get it back after fully wiping the device.
Anti-virus software is also something to prioritize, as it’s not just for laptops or desktops. Your mobile devices will benefit from security software that protects them against viruses and hackers.
Work with your IT service provider to find the software that’s right for you.
Educate Your Employees
If your team members are using their devices at or for their job, it’s essential to educate them about cyber security dangers. Choose training programs that highlight the safe use of mobile devices and how each employee can keep their information safe.
Small mistakes, such as downloading an attachment or opening an email, can be detrimental to your organization. Having a mobile usage policy is a great way to set a standard for all team members.
Making sure your employees educate themselves regarding device security can save you both time and money in the long run.
Never Lose Your Device
You take your mobile devices with you to various public places, and sometimes, you might not remember to put them back in your pocket. Unfortunately, taking your device wherever you go makes it much more likely that it might end up in the wrong hands.
Try using a phone case that makes your device easy to carry or remember. Then, always check for it before leaving somewhere, engraining it into your mind that you should never leave without it.
Mobile devices aren’t going anywhere, so it’s best to keep these safety tips top of mind both inside and outside the office. If you’re looking for more cybersecurity help or have questions, be sure to send us a message. That’s what we’re here for!