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Tuesday, 19 July 2022

8 Ways To Keep Your Mobile Phone Safe From Cyber Attackers

8 Ways To Keep Your Mobile Phone Safe From the Cyber Attackers

With the increasing use of the mobile phones to shop online and to perform the internet banking transactions, it is worthwhile to remembering the 8 things you can do to keep your mobile phone safe from the cyber-attackers.

1.    Beware of the software you install

Many applications require access to your mobile phone camera and photos before the installation. Unless you trust the creator of the application, it is safer to avoid the installing as your device will be vulnerable to the external tampering and sensitive data theft. Ensure that the permissions given match the purpose of the downloaded application. After the application is been installed, you may or may not be able to change this permission.

2.    Do not open the suspicious URLs

If you receive an invitation to click on a URL to win the prize or the holiday within the next 15 minutes, and that the little voice in your head which is telling you that it seems too look good to be true, it probably is. Do not click on any links even if it looks like it was sent from a friend, and do not be pressured to make the quick and potentially unsafe decisions.

3.    Do not use the modified smartphones or the electronic devices

When the restrictions imposed by the smartphone or the electronic device manufacturer have been removed to allow the installation of the unauthorized software (known as “jailbreak” for iOS, “rooting” for Android), it is possible for your device to be fully controlled apparently. Your mobile device can be used for the criminal activities, for the cyber scams or the attacks, without your knowledge.

4.    Avoid using the free WiFi networks 

When you connect to a hotel’s free WiFi network or to a public WiFi network in a restaurant or at a shopping mall, always check with the staff what the name of the official free WiFi network is. Cyber attackers sitting close by can also introduce the fake WiFi access points with the network name very close to legitimate one, like “C0ffeeshop” instead of “Coffeeshop”.The Fake WiFi networks can ask you to provide the personal information such as the email addresses and the passwords.

5.    Do not make the sensitive transactions using the public WiFi networks

Some improperly developed or configured mobile applications can allow the cyber attackers to tap on the same WiFi network to sniff and decode the personal sensitive data accessed via your mobile device. Even if a secure HTTP connection is used, some applications may not be sufficiently validated which can lead to your web traffic being intercepted by a cyber attacker, sitting between you and the application’s servers.

6.    Set Pins/ face recognition/ fingerprint for the device unblock

If you have not done it, set a phone lock. Sometimes cyber attackers do not need to steal your phone to install the malicious applications. Three minutes of the unattended access to your mobile device is more than a enough time to transfer all your private information to an external web drive.

7.    Do not leave your mobile device with the strangers even for charging

When you leave your mobile phone to charge at public locations, your data can be transferred to the another device without your knowledge. It is better to use a power bank than to hand over your mobile device to the unknown people, even if they look friendly.

8.    Use an anti-malware suspension with a remote wipe function.

Installing an anti-malware application in your mobile device will enable you to remotely wipe all your personal data from it in the event that it is stolen, once the device is switched on and online again.

Mobile devices offer us many conveniences, but it is important to remember that these are  susceptible to the cyber attacks. Taking the proper precautions will help you to keep your personal information and data safe from the cyber criminals.

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