I’s 2020. Protecting personal data safe from hackers has never been more critical. New research from the UK reveals that 49% of adult users didn’t have any clue about their mobile phone security. This means that half of people do not take safety factors seriously.
If personal information falls into the hands of malicious individuals, they can access our bank account very smoothly, and we can suffer material damage. Sophistication is no longer an obstacle; several hacker attacks and data thefts are carried out by teenagers.
1. Never use public Wi-Fi without a VPN
Data subscriptions from mobile carriers are available at an affordable price. You may want to consider joining a public Wi-Fi by giving up your security. When connected to a public network, an outside party can very easily access the private data on our device. This is called a “man-in-the-middle” attack when in practice the hacker eavesdrops on our data communication.
What to do? Never access banking applications or initiate financial transactions on a public network. If you need to use a public Wi-Fi network, subscribe to a VPN service. A VPN can protect your data from falling into the wrong hands while you are on a Wi-Fi network by encrypting your online data and keeping your personal information secure.
2. Download applications only from legal App Stores
People very often don’t take this advice seriously. Apple’s AppStore and Google Play Store are the only legal sources for downloading apps. Other third-party app stores can contain malware and hackers behind these applications can access your data once downloaded. If you keen to use a third-party app store, use the App Ray’s service, which examines the specific app.
3. Be wary of app permissions
At the point when an application is first downloaded, it regularly requests ‘authorization’ to get to specific data or features on your smartphone. It can be a camera roll, contact list, your location data, or even a microphone. Think logically and only allow the app what it really needs. An image editing application does not require your friends’ names and phone numbers. The decisions are up to you, keep mobile data safe.
4. Sharing settings should be turned off
Due to COVID-19, contact tracing applications leave the Bluetooth connection open at all times. According to some experts, this is not safe either. Some countries have paid more attention to the security of these applications, while others have left vulnerabilities open.
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC are always susceptible to hacking, so consider where and how long you keep them on.
5. Avoid auto-login
Auto-login gives hackers straightforward access to your data by just opening up an application or mobile website. Most people only use a few password combinations, so if one of these is obtained by a hacker, that person will be able to log in to a lot of services. It is recommended to have a variety of passwords. Do not store these passwords on your mobile, and/or use password management applications.
Technology is much more complex, and hackers are always up to date. Educate yourself, and with proper security tools mentioned above, you can prepare for these challenges.
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