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7 Tips for Secure Use of Smartphones

By Pen Kwok

June 11, 2019


Your smartphone is getting more important than ever. Make sure you are keeping it safe:

1. Always lock your phone with screen lock
This is the very least you need to do. There are many options available – face recognition, fingerprint, passcode, or pattern. Make sure it is enabled to avoid the person who picks up your lost phone can get access to the sensitive data inside.

2. Turn on the remote tracking function
You can remotely disable your phone in case it is lost. The function is called ‘Find my iPhone” on iPhone, and ‘Find my Device’ on Android.

3. Encrypt your data
If you have external storage media such as a microSD card in your phone, you could install some software to encrypt the content. This could protect your data from being accessed or copied with a simple card reader. Cryptomator is one of the most used app.

4. Backup your data
There are many free cloud storage solutions available: Apple iCouldGoogle DriveDropbox etc. Get one and it could save you from many problems.

5. Avoid suspicious wi-fi hotspots
Hackers could get access to data transmitting through wi-fi hotspots. Check your phone setting to avoid auto connection. Do not conduct sensitive activities, like online banking, on public wi-fi. If you are unsure about the hotspot ownership, disconnect ASAP.

6. Check before downloading a new APP
Malware can be disguised as other apps to gain access to your phone. Therefore you have to be cautious when downloading an app, and be careful of the request to access different data or functions of your phone.

7. Install antivirus software
Many antivirus companies, like BitdefenderNorton, and Kaspersky now offer product package providing protection for multiple devices including desktop, tablets and smartphones with year plan. It is always a good idea to install it before things get out of control.

Stay safe on Internet!


About the Author

Pen loves sharing good food and wine with friends. When he is not working on his Macbook Pro, he learns Japanese and Chinese calligraphy for fun.

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