Nowadays, smartphones tend to be the device we use most to access the internet, especially when we're on the move. Smartphones and tablets are personal devices and contain even more data than our computers. Here are some things you can do to keep your mobile devices safe.
Backup your device - Accidents happen, devices get lost or stolen, and mobile malware can render your device unusable. Take the time to backup your device.
Take special consideration of the apps installed on your mobile device - Consider the source of the app and its reviews, does it come from the manufacturer's app marketplace or from a 3rd party? Review app permissions, some apps ask for permissions that are logically not one of their requirements.
Use a strong screen lock passcode - This is your first and strongest line of defense. Skip the easy 4-digit PIN and instead create a strong password that contains a string of at least 8 characters that include some combination of letters, numbers, and special characters that don't form recognizable words or phrases—especially those that could be associated with you.
Use a "find my phone" app - The same GPS and network connections that help your phone find the best nearby restaurants and the fastest way home can help you find and protect that phone should it go missing.
Tips: What to do before and after your device is stolen
Avoid making yourself an easy target. A lot of thieves are opportunistic and if they see the perfect chance to grab a phone they will. When you’re out and about, ensure your device is safely hidden away. Be aware of your surroundings when you’re using it too.
Install the necessary safety measures. Some apps protect your data. Others will manage all your passwords, ensuring that thieves have a tough time accessing them. Two-factor authentication is another great way to protect your phone. This means the thief not only has to crack your password; they also have to break through an additional layer of security too.
Get it insured. Insurance provides valuable peace of mind if the worst does happen. Some insurance companies will not only cover theft, but also offer coverage if someone has hacked into your personal data.
Lock it or wipe it. Install an app like Find My Phone. This is not only useful for gaining insight into where your device is – it can also be used to remotely wipe all the data from it. As soon as you know that your mobile phone has been stolen, you need to take action, though. A thief will be focused on accessing the data as quickly as possible, and you need to make sure that you beat them to it.