The more the technology advances and our gadgets become high end, the more the means are invented to breach their security. Most people tend to ignore this but protecting your Smartphone in this technological era should be as important to you as protecting your home or PC. We don’t realize but there are many small ways through which we are putting our data at risk. Not only data, you probably don’t want the hefty amounts you spent on your beloved phone to go down the drain, will you? This has to be prevented; therefore, we have compiled some tips for you to boost your Smartphone security.

Lock your phone with a PIN/Pattern/Password

Maybe you can’t stop someone from stealing your phone but you can definitely prevent them from gaining access to your data by putting up a PIN, password, pattern or facial recognition, basically anything that secures a lock on your screen. Also, in order to protect the data on your SIM setup a ‘SIM card lock’ that is usually in the form of a PIN number. So, even if the thief removes the SIM from your phone and tries to access it through some other set, he will need the PIN code to connect to the network.

Protect and backup your data

All the sensitive data on your phone can be protected by downloading software, offered mostly by all Smartphone companies, that encrypts files and folder on a device meaning that you have to type in a code to access or copy those files. Also, make a backup of all your phone data. For example, you can backup your data using Verizon Cloud.

Install apps only from trusted store

This is very important. Make sure you download the apps from trusted and genuine stores. Check the reviews and ratings and most importantly, their privacy policy i.e. what features of your phone the app is going to have access to once it is installed.

No jailbreaking or rooting

Do not root or jailbreak your phone. When you do that, a lot of security features that come with the phone are removed, thus making your phone vulnerable.

Install an Antivirus

Don’t forget to install good antivirus software in your phone to protect it from malicious software. Almost everyone have at least one point in their life lost all their data because of viruses that invaded their phone.

Keep updating

Make sure your operating system and all the apps are always updated. A new update not only adds features but also provides increased security.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

The first and foremost thing you should do is to always turn your Wi-Fi off when you are not using it. Turning off your Wi-Fi when not using not only saves your battery but it also prevents the malicious parties to connect to your device without you knowing. Be wary of public Wi-Fi hotspots. Not all of them are genuine. Same goes for the Bluetooth. Turn it off when not using. One good thing that you can do is set the Bluetooth configuration to non-discoverable mode by default. This way your device would not pop up on people’s devices searching for potential targets.

Logging out of sites

If you shop or transact money through your phone, make sure that you log out of sites after you are done. Strictly avoid transactions when you are on some public Wi-Fi. Don’t ever store your usernames or passwords on your phone.

No confidential data on phone

The best way to protect your confidential information is not to store it in your Smartphone. No matter how many precautions you take, there are still chances of the information getting out. Better be safe than sorry.