Mobile Security Tips for Protecting Your Identity
Hacking and identity theft are becoming popular on mobile devices because many people aren’t using mobile security on their smartphones and tablets. While a stubborn hacker will be able to crack even the best security, the fact is that using the right combination of programs and security procedures should keep you safe from the vast majority of hackers trying to steal your identity. If you don’t want someone to steal your name, social security number of credit card information, then be sure to follow these mobile security tips to protect yourself.
Secure Operating Systems
Each OS has a different level of mobile security based on how open it is. For example, the Android OS is very open to different apps and programs. This is convenient, but it also leads to poor security. If you want the most secure OS, then use an iOS device. Many security experts consider both Windows 7 and Windows 8 to be quite safe as well although Apple is still the most secure.
While a secure OS won’t protect you from danger if you are reckless, it will make it harder for a hacker to sneak onto your device.
There are many antivirus apps, but they aren’t that popular yet because most mobile users think that their devices are safe from mobile viruses. The truth is that smartphones and tablets are very susceptible to viruses and malware, which are often used to steal your personal information.
Using an antivirus app will help shield you from viruses. The app will also be able to remove any existing viruses so that your device is as safe as possible. Most of the best antivirus apps have a monthly or yearly bill for the ongoing support, but the price is worth it if you want to avoid identity theft.
Snooping apps protect you from people trying to access your device directly. Most of these apps will take a picture of the person trying to access your device with the front camera. The app will activate whenever somebody improperly inputs your password but this is only good for physical attacks.
Better snooping apps will also make a log of everything that the person accessed if he or she was able to guess your password. These apps tend to cost a little bit more, but knowing what information was accessed is a valuable feature if you are using the device for work.
Some mobile devices allow you to encrypt the files that you download or upload. While you will be able to read the files since your device will know how to decrypt the file, any hackers that steal your files won’t be as lucky. They will get an illegible block of characters, letters and numbers.
This ensures that any files containing your personal information will be nearly useless to hackers. A good hacker will be able to decrypt the file, but it’s often more work than it’s worth and he or she will go after another target which is great for your mobile security.
Safely Download Apps
Android users should pay the most attention to this, but every mobile user can benefit from safely downloading apps. Many hackers understand that people love apps. They also understand that most people will download and install apps without really researching them.
This presents a rare opportunity where the hacker can easily steal your information by creating a useful app with a virus that you can’t live without. The problem is that the app will transfer your personal information to the hacker as soon as you download it. It’s best to scan every app before installing it. It’s also a good idea to only download apps from your operating system’s official app marketplace.
Every mobile device allows you to add a password to the main screen so that the device cannot be unlocked without the password. This ensures that someone can’t just pick up your device and access it.
This is perhaps the simplest way to protect your identity, but it’s also quite effective because hackers and thieves want to steal identities as quickly as possible. This tactic will slow them down and some might give up before getting your personal information.
Protecting any personal information stored on your mobile device isn’t difficult, but it does require you to be cautious and to do some work. Just download some secure apps, ensure that you only get new apps from your official app marketplace and encrypt your files. This should keep your personal information as safe as possible.
Sarah Hendricks is a security expert on protecting users and businesses from hackers and data leakage. Users in the office, at home, or working remotely are all subject to attack. Sarah has teamed up with NQ.com to keep mobile devices protected nationwide! Check out their site at NQ.com