We all love the convenience of our mobile devices. And the more that technology improves, the more convenient communication becomes – and the more of a security risk there is involved. Because it’s so easy to log on, search for things, send information, check bank accounts, move money around while talking to people, and many other things, the potential for data breaches is fairly significant.
So, to combat this, you have to understand the steps you can take on your mobile device and on settings inside apps including the basics of email security, how lock screen and fingerprint tech work, how public wi-fi is secured, what the point of password managers would be, and why having a mobile lockdown procedure is necessary.
The Basics Of Email Security
Chances are very likely that your mobile phone has an email app installed. You hit the button to open the app, see the screen where you can send text to someone in the email format, type your message, and hit send. But how secure it that email? Is there a way for other people to intercept it and read it? Is there information in there that should be encrypted, like financial or medical information for example? Whenever sensitive information comes or goes from a mobile account, it’s vital that you understand email encryption processes.
Lock Screens and Fingerprint Tech
One of the biggest security risks that will come from your mobile phone is if someone gets ahold of it and has instant access to your home screen. That’s why it’s so vital to have a good lock screen in place, and have fingerprint technology in place as well if it’s available on your phone.
Understanding Public Wi-Fi Security
You already know that your Wi-Fi system at home has a password so that only you and your family can get onto it, and that’s part of what makes it secure. But then, what about public Wi-Fi, like you’d find in a McDonald’s or at an airport. Did you realize that makes your phone liable to certain types of cyber chicanery?
Using Password Managers
Password managers are a great way to help mitigate security risk, and many of the big companies that deal with security have apps you can install on your phone that are extremely functional. After the initial setup, as long as no one knows your master password, access to your various profiles will be extremely difficult for hackers.
Having a Mobile Lockdown Procedure
If your mobile phone does get stolen, make sure you have a process in place to protect your data. There are certain apps you can install, and certain settings you can engage, so that you can either shut down and erase your phone remotely, or at least go through a self-erasing sequence if someone unapproved tries to get into your information and data.