According to the data from some analytics reports, it is said that the number of global smartphone users will surpass 2 billion in next year of 2016 and the smartphone penetration worldwide will be over 60 per cent in most developed countries and some developing countries like China will be over 50 per cent. Mobile phone becomes another necessary part of our daily lives now, besides the basic essentials like air, water and food, etc. More and more people not just use smartphone for personal entertainment and contact, but also use it for work. Along with the wide-range usage of smartphones, here come many issues, and the mobile phone security is one of the biggest for most average smartphone users.
Keeping phone safe not just means that prevents your phone from being stolen or damaged, it also needs you to improve the mobile phone’s security when you have the smartphone in your hand. And here list some tips and ways you can do to keep your mobile phone more secure.
1. Keep your phone safe from being stolen or damaged.
Losing your smartphone can be pretty stressful. Each day, 200,000 mobile devices are lost, stolen or damaged. To prevent this from happening, you need to take good care of your mobile phone, put it away from water, fire or other damage causes, and maintain it safe in your pocket.
2. Use a “find your phone” tool.
Even if you have carefully protected your phone from being lost, it happens at last. At this time, certain apps, like Find My iPhone (and Find My Phone for Android), make it easy to find your phone back if you lose it and help anyone who finds it to connect with you. Some programs, like Norton Mobile Security, also offer the option of locking and wiping your phone remotely if necessary.
3. Secure smartphone with a password, pattern or PIN.
It might be a pain and troublesome to type four numbers PIN into your mobile phone or draw the pattern for unlocking the screen every time when you want to use it, but losing your phone into wrong hands without that protection could lead to a far greater headache. And it is easy to set up your own four-digit PIN code and unique pattern. For most Android smartphones, go to your Location & Security Settings for instructions. iPhone users can find these functions in the General options of their settings.
4. Secure stronger with fingerprint or eye-recognition techniques
As the mobile phone technology developed, more and more smartphones use more secure technique for protecting phone, such as fingerprint or eye-recognition. If you have enough budgets, you can buy a mobile phone that supports these functions. Smartphoens like iPhone 6s and Plus, HTC One Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, One Plus 2 and Elephone P8000, etc., support fingerprint; few smartphons attach eye-recognition, Vivo X5Pro, ZTE Grand S3, Alcatel Idol 3, Fujitsu NX F-04G and Microsoft 950 XL. By the way, there are some recommended smartphones from China OEM factories that supports fingerprint, M1 Plus, M8000, M3000 and M2000, etc.
5. Download reliable apps only from trusted stores.
6. Do not save app login information.
Letting an app remember your login username is an easy and common but really risky thing, especially for the financial-related apps, as the app will keep your personal data and you can’t imagine what will happen if your mobile phone is lost. So, don’t be lazy for entering the username and password, it is more secure step to keep your personal information private.
7. Safely log out your account after you make a payment.
Using mobile phone for shopping is more and more common in people’s daily life. But to make sure you have safely log out from the bank or shop from your smartphone once the transactions are complete.
8. Back up your data.
This is a more about protecting and restoring your personal information, but is still a basic step to improve the mobile phone’s security. And it is really simple to back up data for both Android smartphone and iPhone users.
9. Keep sensitive files off your phone.
If backing up your data is not safe enough for you, then you might try to keep the sensitive personal files off your smartphone to protect your phone.
10. Keep your phone OS and apps updated.
Generally, there are periodic updates to both of these that not only add new features, but also offer tightened security over old versions, especially for phone OS, there are always big updates released for resolving some security holes once being leaked.
11. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the general ways to allow you to connect with something; however, you’d better turn off both connectivities when you don’t need to use them. As most thieves make use of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to steal your personal information like passwords. Another tip is that do not connect to public Wi-Fi for a payment for financial account security.
12. Keep your personal information from giving out.
That text messages that looks to be from your bank may not be. Sometimes you might get requests via email or text for account information from any business, to make sure the request is real, you can contact the business directly to confirm, but not to reply the email or text directly to give out your personal information.
13. Improve mobile phone’s security with Antivirus software or app.
One of the biggest threats that could see your personal data leaked is the less-than-humble virus. Though the problem for smartphones isn't as widespread as on desktop computers, if you don't download antivirus software or app, there is still a credible threat out there.
14. Use a monitoring software or app.
Trace-tracking software or app allows you to locate your phone on a map if it is lost and you can make full use of it to improve mobile phone security for a more safe use. And some apps may allow you to present a message from another location to lock your mobile device and play a loud alarm system sound.
Above are the top 14 tips and ways to improve your mobile phone security and keep it safe for long-term use. If you care about phone privacy and security, you can use some of them for daily life. And if you have more ideas on how to improve mobile phone security or secure smartphone, please leave your comments below.