Hackers are not relenting from getting access to smartphones and they will do anything to get unsuspecting peoples personal information.
Hackers don’t need physical access to your phone to steal your personal information or infect the device with malware. They infiltrate your phone with innocent-looking apps or link to it via unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
You can keep hackers from getting the upper hand by taking these 5 precautions to secure your smartphone according to techlife.samsung.com;
- Lock your phone when you are not using it
By locking your phone when you’re not using it, your are saving yourself from hackers. Set a password and change it regularly to prevent others from guessing it. Lock patterns are an alternative if you have trouble remembering your password. Your phone may also have a facial-recognition lock feature. If this is on, the device unlocks only when the camera detects your face. Voice recognition is another option; with this turned on, your phone needs to hear your voice say a specific word or phrase to unlock.
- Activate your phone’s tracker capabilities
If your phone supports phone tracker, you can see its location on a map and track the device when it moves. If your phone is stolen or lost, use the tracker app to lock it remotely. This makes it harder for hackers to access your data.
- Update your firmware to the most current version
Many phones do this for you automatically, but if you’ve turned this option off, you’ll need to download the update manually. You can download the latest update directly from your phone. Alternatively, connect your phone to the computer and launch the software that came with the device. The application will connect to the download Web page and install the firmware on your phone
- Install only apps from a trusted source
Install apps on your phone only if they come from a trusted source, such as the manufacturer’s app store. Most official app stores verify the authenticity of their products, so they’re much safer. Before downloading any app, read the description and reviews so you understand what you’re getting.
- Delete text messages from unknown senders
Delete text messages from unknown senders that ask for your information, and avoid clicking links in messages. Some hackers send messages that appear to be from your bank or another trusted source. If you click the link in the message, the hacker can steal your information or install malware on the phone. Don’t download apps via text message; this is a common way for hackers to infect your device.
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