Nowadays, we may not be surprised to hear such news since malware attack or other security pitfalls is becoming more and more prevalent in this complicated tech world. Speaking of this security issue, lots of mobile phone users have suffered a lot. You see, cell phones are increasingly used for sharing and storing sensitive information, thus becoming an easy target for hacking and theft. The more we rely on our phones to transact our personal financial business, the more we’re all exposed to mobile security pitfalls. To keep the cell phones secure, there are many practical tips that we can make use of. Listed in the following are four common but really helpful tips which’re for reference only.
1.Set a Password on the Cell Phone
The truth is, we may have got many personal information storing in the cell phones such as Emails, messages, voicemail, etc. By setting a password for the cell phone, it helps to keep malicious attacks at bay. After all, it takes no more than 1 minute to do the job, so there is no reason not to take advantage of this security option, right?
2.Look Out for Suspicious Links
From time to time, we will receive some possible malware or suspicious links via email, SMS or social networking sites to the cell phone. As a report revealed that, people are three times more likely to click on a suspicious link from the cell phones than the computers. The reason for this is that, it is not easy to spot whether it is a legitimate or malicious link. It is strongly recommended that you should keep your antimalware /antivirus software up to date, you can set it to auto update on a regular basis for safety sake.
3.Be More Careful on Public Wi-Fi
Needlessly to say, Wi-Fi hotspots facilitate people a lot due to its convenient connection. Chances are that, we can access public Wi-Fi easily, for example, when having dinner at a restaurant or a cup of coffee in a coffee shop, etc. Free public Wi-Fi is good, but if we are not careful about using it, we could end up with a hacked bank account, credit card account or personal sensitive information, because the wireless hotspots will transmit your data over-the-air. Therefore, be more careful when using the public Wi-Fi, try not to do any online banking or shopping as possible.
4.Plug up Leaky Apps
As we all know, there are a large amount of mobile apps (games, media, software applications, etc) available on the market. Here comes the big problem, how to distinguish a good app and a bad one? Since some bad apps will put us in the risk of leaking online privacy. Given that, we must think twice before downloading an app — what we will give up and get in return, whether it is a worthwhile tradeoff or not. Most importantly, remember to download apps from the trust websites such as Apple iTunes, Android Market, Amazon, etc. Besides, it is also good to use some mobile security software like McAfee Mobile Security, which can help to scan the installed apps to determine the level of access being granted to each of them. Last but not least, once you find any suspicious symptoms, delete the apps as soon as possible and scan the cell phone thoroughly by the antimalware /antivirus software.