Six tips to make your phone more secure

Most smartphones are equipped with built-in security features, but it doesn’t guarantee complete protection against hackers, malicious software, and thieves. If you want to ensure your device – and your personal data – is as secure as possible, read on for tips to enhance the security of your smartphone.

1) Avoid malicious apps

When downloading applications, try to avoid malicious apps, which can cause damage to your phone’s performance or potentially render it useless. To ensure you don’t accidentally download a copycat app, always avoid third-party app stores, verify the manufacturer’s name, and read app reviews.

2) Download anti-theft software

Paranoid of having your smartphone stolen? Download an anti-theft app like Prey to improve the chances of recovering your device. Using geolocation, Prey provides detailed information about your phone’s whereabouts, providing accurate coordinates from anywhere in the world. It also allows you to remotely control your device, silently take photos of thieves with the phone’s cameras, trigger a loud alarm, and retrieve important files.

3) Be wary of unsecured Wi-Fi networks

Public Wi-Fi is great for working on-the-go and staying connected, but these networks can pose a security risk. Hackers can set up free Wi-Fi networks and potentially access your personal information, so you should always exercise caution when connecting to unknown networks.

To minimise the risk of using public Wi-Fi, always verify the correct network name and password with the owner of the Wi-Fi hotspot, and avoid accessing sensitive information – such as online banking accounts – when using unsecured networks.

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4) Lock your apps

If you want to add an extra layer of security to specific apps – like banking or emails apps – try App Lock, which allows you to add a separate password, pattern, or fingerprint lock to any app of your choosing. It also features a photo and video vault setting, so you can hide private images and videos from your gallery.

5) Enable the smartphone tracking feature

Both Android and iOS feature tracking apps that allow you to locate and protect your smartphone if it’s lost or stolen – so be sure to enable this feature. These apps also boast other helpful features, including the ability to remotely lock your phone with a new password, or erase all the data from your device.

6) Use a secure lock screen

It may seem simple, but using a lock screen passcode can help to deter the efforts of smartphone thieves. It also acts as the first line of defense to protect any personal or valuable information stored on your phone.

To improve your lock screen security, avoid simplistic passwords, choose a longer PIN, or use an alphanumeric password with upper and lower case characters.