Most of us own a smartphone now and it’s almost a part of who we are. We have everything we need right at our fingertips from connecting with friends and family, paying for the bus or train to discount apps for dinner, our cinema membership and many other utilities - we simply can’t live without it!
However, having all this information at your fingertips has a downside and that’s your privacy being at risk. At some point you’ve probably been subject to a data breach that you’re not even aware of. Sometimes these aren’t within your control but there are a few things you can do to make sure you are well protected.
1. Use a passcode or fingerprint to log in
You may think that you always have your phone and that enabling the secure code or fingerprint is just a hindrance but just one time leaving your phone somewhere can mean that someone can access your email, contacts and bank with just a tap. A fingerprint is most secure, and it’s quick to unlock yourself so this is absolutely the best option.
This is easy to set up – on your phone go to security and there should be the option to set up lock screen or fingerprint access.
2. Limit your location
Your phone always knows where you are. This is great for emergency calls so that you can be traced (or your phone) but you should limit your location sharing on certain apps. There is no need for everyone to know where you are all the time, and certainly not when this information may be broadcast to people who don’t have good intentions (this is how potential burglars can see that you’re sunning it up in Ibiza, when your home is sitting empty). Turn off location settings in each app that you don’t think should require them, or at least keep your location off at all times that you don’t need to have it on. Having said that, you do need the following:
3. The remote wipe
If you lose your phone and you want to ensure that all your secure data is not accessible. Your phone provider has a method that helps track your phone down and wipes it clean. This means that you will have peace of mind, knowing that your data won’t fall into the wrong hands.
4. Wipe your browser
All browsers have the option to save your credit card details, passwords etc. This may seem like a great idea with all the information that we have to store but this useful tool can become a nightmare if you haven’t enabled secure login or remote wipe. Wipe your browser at the end of every day and instead of letting your browser store your details use an application such as Lastpass instead.
5. Regularly back up your phone
Regularly back up your phone so that you don’t lose your precious data through a hack or virus.
Mobile Phone Repairs by the Professionals
Talk to the experts at Dr. Mobile about mobile safety. If you need iPhone or Samsung repairs or your phone wiped we can help. We will have your smartphone repaired quickly and easily at unbeatable prices. Simply give us a call on 079 7012 3451 or pop into see us at 83 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, NG7 3JL.