Protecting your smartphone

Protecting your Smartphone

Protection becomes the next factor after acquiring a smartphone due to the large occupancy of the transparent material used for interaction with the hardware.

Research has proven no matter how pitchy the manufacturer is or salesman would tell you how unbreakable the screen is when engaged against a stress force, it can be broken. This means what matters the most is being prudent with your smartphone and securing as best as possible. Oh yes, guard it.

1. Make use of protective accessories.

There are an over billion of smartphone accessories to protect your device against damage. Even as they cannot give you 100% protection, they are worth the price you pay to acquire them as they increase the lifespan of your gadget.

2. Set up a lock

Make use of the security options on your smartphone by choosing at least a pin, password, pattern or face unlock to secure your phone. Its better to have a wrapped up bread than just a bread. Setup your Android Devices, Apple Devices, BlackBerry Devices , Ubuntu Phone and Firefox Devices.

3. Download apps only from trusted stores or websites. 

When looking for new application, utility, game or something more productive, use places such as Google Play or websites that provide SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1) or equivalent form for verification.

Make use of ratings and reviews if they are available even as they are not always true apply wisdom. Again check the apps privacy policy to see exactly what features of your phone it would be having access to, if you download and install.

4. Back up your data

To guarantee your data in case of restoring your information should disaster strike or an error occur. Contacts, music, pictures, videos, documents and other file types could be stored using secured cloud storage solution, of cause after reading the terms of service and privacy policy associated with it.

5. Ensure your operating system and apps are up to date.

Periodic updates are typically rolled out to devices and applications, tweaking or fixing bugs in operating system or an installed application or adding new features respectively. Update usually makes operating systems and applications more convenient than its original.

6. Don’t forget to log out.

Log out of websites after you make a payment if you bank or shop from your smartphone. Avoid storing your usernames and passwords on your phone.

This is a common trend we often take in the name of convenience but which leaves as in jeopardy when our smartphone is attacked. The best thing to do is to sign out of the site successfully and do so when you go back.

7. Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use.

We often feel the need to connect to Wi-Fi and browse or send a file to that loved one but never think of turning these services off when done. Bad people can connect to your device and access files on them remotely when they are left on while not in use.

8. Avoid giving out access code to your device.

Never share your pin or password or pattern style with anyone. This would help you prevent any eavesdropper listening while you dont even know.

9. Avoid transactions on public Wi-Fi.

Do not make payment transactions while you are on public Wi-Fi. This put you and your credit or debit card in jeopardy as you have no control over who is viewing or how your device is communicating with the website or application you are making your purchase on.

No matter how convenient you want your smartphone to be to you, do not compromise on safety.

Note: Not all updates are important,  so please do check the type of update the next time one comes knocking. It would save you unnecessary waste of bandwidth.