The essential cyber security tips for your smartphone

We rely on our Smartphones for many reasons. We have important information and data on them – personal and work – so it is very important that we keep them safe and away from prying eyes. How do we do that? Here are some tips.


1. Use a screen lock

Many new phones offer a ‘pattern lock – a personalised shape or pattern that is drawn on the screen to grant access. However, ensure that the screen is cleaned regularly as if your phone is stolen or lost any finger traces can sometimes be seen and accessed on the screen. A PIN code offers an alternative and can also save time. Make your password difficult to crack but memorable for you. Set your smartphone to autolock only after a short delay of 1 to 5 minutes.


2. Stick to approved apps

Unapproved apps can be a serious security threat, with the potential to unleash harmful malware onto your device. And exposing your smartphone to malware could cause your private business data to be lost, corrupted or stolen. Stick to apps from the Google Play or Apple store.


3. Back up your data

Losing your smartphone or getting it stolen can be as disaster if you haven't backed up the data stored on your phone. Use Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive or iCloud to be safe.


4. Install an anti-virus app

Malicious software can quickly cause sensitive data to become compromised or lost. An anti-virus app will stop it in its tracks.


5. Internet browsing

Be careful when accessing a web browser on your smartphone as it can be easy to accept messages that pop up. Agreeing to save user details and passwords might make it easy to remember for later, but unfortunately others can do the same if they gain access to your phone. If a security warning pops up when looking at a website, leave the website if needed. Ensure any banking or shopping sites where you put in secure information have a padlock in the address bar to ensure that the site is encrypted.


Authored by the News Team (Malta)
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