How secure is your phones personal data?

We rely on our phones to hold a vast amount of personal information and sensitive data in our day to day lives, we often forget how easily this information could fall into the hands of somebody else.

With devices, such as phones, at such a risk of being lost or stolen, it is important that we keep this individual data secure. Whilst our phones are already equipped with different features to ensure this privacy, there are also several other things that you can do to guarantee the safety of your data.

1) Use a lock function – A basic security option to prevent someone from accessing your personal information, now made even easier with finger print scanners, passwords and patterns.

2) Activate find my phone – This helps you to find the location of your phone if it has been misplaced, as well as allowing you to wipe your phone remotely if you believe it has fallen into the wrong hands.

3) Use a password manager – Password managers not only save you from having to remember numerous different passwords, they also create much stronger and secure passwords than those you would come up with yourself.

4) Activate two-factor authentication – This adds an extra layer to the log-in process, requiring a randomly generated code on top of your username and password.

5) Look at app permissions – Some apps require access to certain features on your phone, for example WhatsApp would need access to your contacts and Instagram would need access to your camera and photos. However, these permissions are not always clear and sometimes you may not feel comfortable to give that app access, you can alter this by going into your settings and manage permissions.

6) Understand cookies – Cookies is created to keep track of certain sites that you visit, so it knows the next time you return and can adjust accordingly to suit you. Some people feel this can be intrusive, you can block them entirely by going into your browser’s privacy settings, or by using incognito mode the next time you’re in a browser.

7) Keep your phone and apps updated – It is important to keep your apps up to date and download any updates, however small they may seem, as each one includes important security fixes which keep your data safe. Also, make sure that you are only downloading apps from trusted locations such as the App store and Google Play.

8) Use secure messaging service – Despite SMS being a staple messaging service, it is actually the most insecure method of communication. Instead, you should be relying on instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook messenger, that offer secret conversation options and end-to-end encryption.

 

Source: http://www.thejournal.ie/live-a-better-life-tech-week-keep-your-data-secure-3357793-May2017/

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