How to Keep your Smartphone Secure from Viruses

Use these 7 tips to keep your Smartphone Secure Now

 

It’s true. Browsing the internet by mobile devices has surpassed desktop usage.

” Mobile has grown so fast that it’s now the leading digital platform, with total activity on smartphones and tablets accounting for two-thirds of digital media time spent, and smartphone apps alone now capturing roughly half of digital media time.”2016 U.S. Mobile App Report

mobile use has surpassed desktop usage

mobile use has surpassed desktop usage. Image courtesy of comScore

You’re probably familiar with the importance of protecting your desktop computer from viruses, malware, spyware, and ransomware etc.

However, many smartphone owners don’t take equal precautions to protect their mobile devices and smart phone’s.

Are you one of them?

Take these Smartphone precautions to keep your phone safe from viruses and other malicious infections

lock your smartphone

1. Password Protect Your Smartphone

It sounds like a no brainier, however, in an nationwide survey by Consumer Reports (2014) , an alarming 34% of smartphone owners do not secure their device with a pass code or pin. Also, keep your phone locked with it’s not in use.

With newer technology such as finger print recognition and facial recognition lock, mobile device manufacturers are making it easier to secure your data. But we recommend you still activate the lock code option. Why? Because after 10 failed pass code attempts, you can have your mobile device’s personal data erased. We recommend you enable this option.

What would you do if you lost your unsecured smart phone and your sensitive data was exposed?

2. Protect your Smartphone with Anti-Virus Apps and Encryption

…”roughly “10 percent of the world’s 1.4 billion Android phones were encrypted,”
compared to 95 percent of all iPhones.” – The Wall Street Journal

Many smart phone brands offer free recommended ant-virus apps to download. Make sure your data is encrypted. Some smartphones have built in encryption.

Your mobile device stores as much sensitive data as your home computer. What would you do if you phone had ransomware or if it was lost or stolen?
Take extra security precautions and download a mobile security app:

eset security appAndroid: A great Mobile security app to download for free is the ESET Mobile Security app. It’s available in Google Play
iOS 8+: ESET also makes this Mobile Security app for iOS 8+. Read more about it  available in the Apple iTunes store

The ESEST mobile security app is great because it will find viruses and trojans that the other security apps cannot detect. Read the eset mobile reviews here.
(we’re not paid to recommend this app)

 Stay Away From Suspicious Websites and Links

3. Stay Away From Suspicious Websites and Links

You may have received a mysterious text message or email containing links. They may be tempting to click on, but you should be cautions even if the link appears to be from a friend, big retailer, or bank. This could be a form of social engineering. The links could direct you to a malicious website.

 never download third party apps

4. Never Download Apps from a Third Party Source

Only download from your phone’s app store. Downloading apps from a third-party website may put your smartphone at risk.

 never click on suspicious links

5. Never Jailbreak your Smartphone

“Jailbreaking” your phone makes it easier for viruses to install onto your smartphone

 free wifi

6. Never Connect to Free Wifi

Free wifi enables anyone to connect to your device and see your data, thus able to infect it with a virus. You wouldn’t notice it even happening.

7. If you Lost your Phone and Recover it, Reset Your Smartphone

If you have ever lost your smart phone and had it returned or retrieved it from a stranger, reset your smartphone regardless. Reset the phone to factory settings. Make sure you have backups of irreplaceable photos and videos etc. stored on your computer. This is important because you never know if someone installed spyware or malicious apps while your phone was lost.

found iphone

These tips may sound like a no-brainer, but there’s an alarming number of smart phone users who think nothing will happen to them.
Thanks for learning more about How to Keep your Smartphone Secure from Viruses.

 

Sources:

2016 U.S. Mobile App Report

Mobile Marketing Statistics Compilation

The Wall Street Journal

Consumer Reports

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