Day by day, we are more and more ON-LINE and want to do several things at same time, very quickly and using the facilities provided by smart-phones and tablets. But the risk is increasing proportionally to the lack of security to improve the velocity of actions and responses. Here are some tips to help you properly.
This info is a result of researches and interviews done with different security analists
10 Tips to Stay Secure
Red Zone Area January 2021
Ways to stay secure
There are dozen ways to improve the security of you mobile device, installing a anti-virus or create layers of security based on software like Knox, available on Samsungs devices. But independent of what you choose to improve your device's security, there are procedures and behaviors that could help you a lot.
So what does this mean for mobile phone users? It means that it’s even more important to stay vigilant about cybersecurity when using a mobile device. Here are some ways you can protect yourself, your data, and your phone.
- Lock your phone with a password or fingerprint detection. At the
very least, if you leave your phone on the counter at Starbucks or if
it’s stolen out of your pocket, cybercriminals will have to get through
that first gate. Set the time on your password lock to be short as
well—30 seconds or less should cut it.
- If it’s not already the default on your phone, consider encrypting your data. Doing so is especially useful for protecting sensitive data, whether that’s business emails or investing and banking apps.
- Set up remote wipe. If your phone is lost or stolen, you’ll be able
to wipe all of its data remotely (and therefore keep it out of the hands
of criminals). You can often also use remote wipe to find your phone’s
- Back up phone data. Consider connecting your device to its
associated cloud service in order to automatically back up data (and
encrypt it). However, if you don’t trust the cloud, be sure you connect
to a PC or Mac to sync data regularly in order to preserve photos,
videos, apps, and other files.
- Avoid third-party apps. If you’re on an iPhone, you don’t have much
of a choice. However, for Android users, staying on Google Play and not
allowing apps from unknown sources keeps you relatively safe. If you do
decide to use third-party apps, research to be sure you’re not getting a
malicious one. Read reviews, and if the app asks for access to too much
personal data up front, don’t download it.
- Avoid jailbreaking your iPhone or rooting your Android. While the
processes are different, the end result is bypassing what phone
manufacturers intended (including security protocols) and ultimately
weakening the security of your device.
- Update operating systems often. When that pop-up reminder comes up,
don’t ignore it. Charge your phone, clear out some space, and install
the update right away.
- Be wary of social engineering scams. Cybercriminals love to spoof
banking apps, send phony texts meant to collect personal data, and email
malicious links and attachments. Just as you do on your computer, view
any communications from unknown sources with a careful eye. If it seems
fishy, it very likely is.
- Use public wifi carefully. Yes, you don’t want to use up all your
data. However, public wifi is inherently insecure, so try not to make
transactions or transmit sensitive data while using it. Consider using a
VPN service to encrypt data transmitted online.
- Download anti-malware
for your mobile device. If you do happen to download a malicious app or
open a malicious attachment, mobile anti-malware protection can prevent
Chances are, you use your phone to do a lot of stuff online. You may even be reading this article on it right now. For peace of mind, and to get a leg up against a rising tide of mobile malware activity, don’t just phone it in—be proactive about your mobile security.