You’re sitting in the train, in a café or strolling in the park, wherever you are, 3-4 of 5 people around you have a smartphone in their hands. But is everybody aware of the risks that a smartphone brings with it?
Banking-App, Paypal-App, Facebook, Mail-Accounts, they all contain very private and sensitive data. The concentration of finance and access data makes smartphones a major target for criminals. Even eavesdropping on telephone calls and secretly converting smartphones into a listening bug or a supervision camera is feasible with special Apps. But taking into account to the below mentioned tips, you can do more for the security of your smartphone.
- Use auto-login function with care: The automatic login is created for those who want a quick checkout without extra steps. But so criminals are able to use all of your accounts without require your password once your device is lost or stolen. Also you should use different passwords for different online services.
- No Apps from untrustworthy sources: Before you install an App, you should read user reviews on the internet and inform about the developers. Besides, an attention to the requested App-rights should be also directed. Some apps want more rights than they actually need. For example if a simple download manager requires SMS permissions or a wallpaper app can edit contacts, you should look for an alternative.
- Deactivate Wireless interfaces if there are not in use: Wireless interfaces like Bluetooth, GPS, mobile internet or wifi should be deactivated if there are not in use. So criminals can not use this connection to access sensitive data.
- Update software if it’s available: internet browser, operating system, firewall and anti-virus software should be updated constantly, so that possibly drive-by-downloads have no chance. You wonder: „How do I install an update for my smartphone?“ Here you can find the answer: Windows Phone, Android, iOS.
- Switch on passcode protection: The passcode protection of your device and SIM card should be switched off by no means. Additional security functions of the manufacturer like encryption are also recommended.
- Use VPN while surfing in public hotspots: The VPN server functions reduce attacks from the Net. Furthermore a server’s Firewall blocks all ingoing traffic and therefore provides additional security while you surf the Net anonymously. Here you will find a manual how to use VPN.
- Regularly backup your data: Smartphone manufacturers provide software to backup your data. With this software you can manage stored data on the computer or carry out a backup. Here you can get more information about backing up your smartphone.
Of course there is no ultimate security, but following these few basic rules and being attentive on any suspicous activities will help to keep your data secured even on mobile devices. In a corporate environment administrators should use capabilities provided by mobile device management systems, where some of these rules can be enforced and monitored. Also in case of lost or stolen devices, administrators can lock or wipe the device to make sure you private or corporate data can not be accessed.