8 Ways to Enhance Smartphone Security
How secure is your smartphone? We have become a nation addicted to our devices. From vaccine passports to grocery lists, bank deposits to fitness trackers, our smartphones have become integral to our daily lives. Looking beyond the ongoing Android vs iPhone debate, what are the options to improve smartphone security?
Use a Password Manager - We’ve said it before and we will say it again! We highly recommend LastPass as a robust and trustworthy password management tool. It’s built-in password generator creates long, randomized passwords that help protect you from hackers. Additionally, LastPass secures all of your passwords and stores them across all of your devices, simplifying the onerous task of password management and protecting your online identity.
Implement Two Factor Authentication - If you are late to the Two-Factor authentication party, rest assured that there is still time to add this important extra layer of security.
Consider a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when using public networks - A Virtual Private Network can keep your data from being compromised by other people lurking on the same public network. Both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store offer free VPN apps. As best practice, be sure to research the company before downloading your VPN App of choice.
Review App Permissions - Is it an absolute necessity that your calendar app has access to your contact list? Trust your gut before granting access.
Think Before you Install - Google it! Simply google the name of the app and the phrase “scam.” Search results will quickly inform you if the company has experienced recent data breaches or hacks.
Limit the Amount of Information You Share - When creating online profiles, think twice before completing all the fields. Obviously the more information you willingly share, the more information is at risk during a potential data breach.
Update Your Software - Software updates are designed to keep you one step ahead of the hackers. Data security is an ever evolving art, it’s important to do your part by staying up to date.
Download from Official Stores - Although not all apps in the official online stores are trustworthy, the likelihood of an app being vetted and secure is higher when downloaded from an official source. Do your homework before downloading - check out online reviews, and the company’s privacy policies and data protection standards.
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