We love our gadgets and we depend on them to make our work easier, to connect with others, to catch up on some work while travelling or just to connect with others, but, during our travels a lot of bad things can happen to the precious mobile device.We can lose it, it can be stolen or because we randomly connect to hotspots or unsecured wireless networks our device can become a victim of some ransomware.
Here is a list of security measures to better protect your mobile device:
- Keep a copy of your data
As ridiculous as this may seem, keeping a backup of your data will save you a lot of headaches and in some cases money.You don't think of how precious your data is until you lose it or … can't access it anymore.Ransomwares are becoming a very common way to make money off the innocent internet surfer by blocking access to the data. They usually are installed by drive-by download so you don't have to actually download something to your mobile device to get infected.Avoid clicking on suspicious links and install an antivirus app for your mobile device that will alert you whenever you access unsecure websites. So keeping a copy of your data will save you if you get locked out of your device, you lose it, it gets stolen or takes a dive during your summer vacation at the beach.
With the sea of cloud apps that will provide you more than enough space to store your data, it seems a shame not to do it.
- Only install safe apps
If you're travelling and you need an app to help you find hotels, restaurants, museums or just order an Uber, you will want to download one from a trusted source. Or you may find that your entire phone directory has been transferred along with other sensitive data, and your location is public when you need it not to be.
- Only connect to safe internet connections
Places that offer free Wi-Fi are usually the places where you will find malware, because they are not password protected and anyone can access them. In a public space the person next to you can be the one intercepting all the traffic your device generates and can collect personal information as well as passwords and accounts you use to pay for items online.
- Password protect your device
It's very simple to restrict the access to your device to different people by using a password, this way your directory, texts, pictures, emails are safe from being accessed if your device falls into the wrong hands. There are a lot of ways to protect the information stored in your device or the information that you device accesses.For instance, beyond just locking the screen with pin code or finger print, you can also choose to use a two-step verification for the apps that store important information, like email or clod apps.There are also various specialized applications that will give your device extra protection for your data.
You may also want to be able to lock down and track your device in case it gets lost by utilizing a third party app, or mobile carrier provided solutions.
- Be careful what links you open
You may not want to click on a link in that email that was sent to you by a person that doesn't seem even remotely familiar.It is very possible that it is a link to a website containing malware. Like your computer, your phone is as susceptible of getting a virus from a simple Trojan to Ransomware.
If you think that your mobile device is by now an extension of your office phone and computer, you need to take the necessary steps to secure the valuable information is contains.Give us a call at (877) 600-7263 and teXium will find the best solution for you.