The importance of mobile phone security can be substantiated in several reasons. You phone, which acts as a personal data storage, is not as reliable as you may assume since the data on it can be accessed if you lose the device or by hackers. Contrary to common belief, using a password or a biometric unlock configuration is not all it takes to keep your mobile phone safe. In as much as they may offer slightly reliable levels of security physically, they do not guarantee any security in the virtual sense. Procedures that offer virtual security reliability can be fairly uncommon to most people. We look to provide you with more information on how you can guarantee mobile phone security.
The first step is to always enable a screen lock. Most phones will come with the option of using a pattern lock, password, pin, fingerprint scans while some will offer the option to use facial unlock and retina scans. It is easy to trace and access fingerprint traces on your phone hence they offer little protection if you happen to lose your phone. Passwords and pins tend to be a bit more reliable. If you are looking to spend the least time possible unlocking your phone then using a pin is your best alternative. You should make your password as hard as possible for people to guess but make sure it is one you can remember. You can use remote tracking services if you lose your phone.
If you deem any information on your phone too sensitive, then it is vital that you protect it. You should create personal data backup by transferring the information on your device to your personal computer or a removable storage media. You can protect the data on your phone by using encryption software available on the internet. This will require any person trying to access your phone’s content to enter a password or a pin code. Most of these software and application are free to download and need less hassle installing and configuring.
The fact that your mobile phone can send and receive data makes it a security concern. It is advisable that you ensure your wireless connections are switched off when not in use. This ensures that nobody can remotely access your phone without your knowledge. Checking your connectivity security settings to ensure automatic connections are disabled is also crucial. Ensure that your wireless home network router is protected by a passcode. Although bluetooth connectivity may be limited to a shorter radius, it still poses a threat to your phone as hackers within your range can access it. Set your bluetooth status to ‘non-discoverable’ so that it remains invisible to other devices.