Top 4 Ways To Maximize Smartphone Security

Did you know that on the average smartphone, 31 different applications can access your identity information via social media ?

Approximately:

– 19 Apps are able to access your location?
– 5 Apps can access your all your SMS and MMS messages?

In the technology-driven world that we live in today, it’s commonly known that smartphones are one of the most popular consumer electronic devices on the market.
It is no surprise that the number of smartphone users worldwide is continuously rising, with a projection of 1.75 billion+ users by December 2014.

We are all becoming increasingly dependent on our smartphones, which we load with our sensitive personal data, leaving you extremely vulnerable if your personal information was to be in the wrong hands.

So, despite their usefulness and popularity, it is crucial to take a few extra security precautions to protect yourself and your identity. This post will list 4 of the best ways to maximize smartphone security and protect your privacy if your device ever gets lost or stolen.

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 1. Set Up A Device Password/Passcode 

Setting up a password or passcode to protect your smartphone is one of the most basic but overlooked mobile security tips.
Almost every smartphone has an in-built password/passcode protection setting, and usually only takes a few moments to activate this feature.

For Apple iPhone Users:

1) Go to > Settings
2) Go to > Passcode OR on iOS 7 and higher:
2) Go to > Touch ID & Passcode
3) Select Turn Passcode On – The system will then ask you to enter a 4 digit passcode
4) Enter in a 4-digit passcode – it is important to choose a 4-digit passcode that you will remember
5) Your device will then ask you to Re-enter your 4-digit passcode, which then confirms your 4-digit passcode has been activated

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If iOS 7 and higher – After setting your 4-digit pinyou then have the option of enabling Touch-ID which uses fingerprint recognition to unlock your phone, when you place your finger over the home button. You can just use a 4-digit passcode as you security – it is optional to enable Touch-ID, but recommended if available as it is added security for your protection, but you cannot just use Touch-ID as your unlocking method, you still will be required to create a 4-digit pin as backup should your Touch-ID for some reason malfunctions.

To enable Touch ID:                    

1) In Touch ID & Passcode – Use Touch ID for:  iPhone Unlock
2) Turn switch to ON to activate
3) Follow the steps to add your fingerprint until you have successfully added your fingerprint to use Touch ID

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For Android Users:

1) Go to >Settings
On Android 4.2 devices or higher, the security settings are found in the Personal section
2) Go to>Personal
Find either Security or Screen Lock, whichever applicable for your device as they vary between models
(Eg. Samsung, HTC) but are the same function

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By default, the option will be set to Slide or None, meaning no passcode or pattern is required to unlock the device.
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You will then be given options of a lock type that you want to use, which are usually either PIN, Pattern or Password. 

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– Pattern: A pattern that you draw on a grid of 9 dots, with a minimum of 4 dots connected, without using the same dot twice.
– PIN: 4-digit PIN code
– Password: A password of a minimum of 4 characters and a maximum of 17 characters, which must have at least 1 letter

Advanced settings

Check for settings that will allow you to set a time limit that will keep your phone unlocked until that timer is up. You should also have settings for locking the device anytime the power button is pressed, regardless of what you have the timer set to.

This is useful for those times where you anticipate checking your phone often in a short period of time (for instance, if you’re texting back and forth with a friend), but don’t want to have to use access codes to unlock your phone every single time.

Make sure you know your Google account password

One last thing before we wrap this up — know your Google password. Know it well. If you don’t know it, then go recover your account and set it to something you can remember.
This is important because if you ever forget your PIN, password, or pattern, you’ll be locked out after a number of incorrect tries,
and your only option to get back in is to use your Google password (otherwise, you’ll have to resort to a factory reset, which wipes all your data).

That’ll do it for you, folks. Whether you need peace of mind that your children won’t call people in your address book or you want to keep prying eyes away from those naughty pictures you’ve been exchanging with your significant other, these tips will help you keep a pretty nice padlock on your phone in the event that it gets into the wrong hands.

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No matter which option you chose, you should now be asked to enter your pin every time you wake your device. From here, you’ll want to explore different options you have for making it less annoying to access your phone.

While it may seem like an inconvenience to tap in a password every time you want to use your smartphone, it prevents thieves from having instant access to all the personal data on your mobile and is an essential step for effective mobile security.


2. Only Install Trusted Apps

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Apps are a fantastic way to quickly access information, visit your favorite websites, entertain yourself and more when using your mobile device.
However, many apps have questionable security and if you install these onto your smartphone, you can potentially leak your personal data into unwanted hands.

To avoid this security concern, make sure you only install apps from trusted sources such as the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Also, be sure to check out the user reviews of any app before you install it and if these reviews hint that the app may have security issues, look for a safer alternative.

3. Turn Off Automatic Geo Location

Many applications use geo location as standard and because of this, many smartphone’s have geo location turned on automatically.

For example when posting on social media some posts will show where the post has been made from for example check out the facebook example below

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In some cases it is fine if you intend on letting people know where you are but when you have no intention to and your phone automatically does share your location

I would strongly recommend deactivating location services to do this simply follow the steps below.

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While geolocation is necessary and useful for certain tasks (such as getting instant directions via a map app), when used excessively geo location
is very dangerous and can tell potential thieves where you live, where you work, where you socialize and much more.
Therefore, make sure you have automatic geolocation switched off and only use it when absolutely necessary.


4. Install Mobile Security Software

Mobile security software is another excellent tool for keeping your smartphone safe.

For Apple download

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Battery Doctor
This application allows  you to monitor Real-time power consumption and allows you to Optimise your phones efficiency and clean up your browser and application cache.

Avast Mobile Security

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McAfee Mobile Security

This type of software has a number of valuable protective features including malware protection
(which prevents malicious programs from corrupting or stealing your personal data),
remote data wipe (which allows you to remotely clear all the sensitive personal data from your smartphone if it gets lost or stolen)
and remote tracking (which allows you to remotely track the location of your smartphone and increases your chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen).

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