Top 4 steps to take to increase security on your smartphone

October 08, 2021 | by: David Kodjani

The software security of smartphones has become a major concern of computing related to mobile telephony. It is of particular concern because it concerns the security of personal information available within smartphones.

More and more users and companies are using smartphones day by day as communication tools but also for the planning, management and organization of their professional and private lives. Smartphones collect and compile an increasing amount of sensitive information whose access must be controlled in order to protect the privacy of the user and what is the domain of the intellectual property of the company.

Like computers, smartphones are prime targets of attacks. These attacks exploit several weaknesses linked to the smartphone: this can come from means of communication such as SMS / MMS and Wi-Fi and GSM networks. Then vulnerabilities to attacks exploiting software flaws that can come from the web browser as well as from the system. And finally malware that most often relies on the poor knowledge of a common user.

A Kaspersky Lab study found that only 43% of iPhone users have security apps, compared to 53% for Android and Symbian users.

But it's the Android users who have the most to worry about, Kaspersky research shows that 99% of all mobile malware detected is designed for the Android platform.

Google's Android system is open source software. That is, all users can download it for free and then develop applications. This is why it is more vulnerable to malware threats.

Conversely, Apple requires developers to license and apply to use iOS software, a process that makes its apps less susceptible to malware.

However, it should not be concluded that they are completely immune to mobile threats; these strict app development rules also mean that developers are never able to create full protection for iOS devices. Either way, whether you need to secure an Android device or a Windows Phone, every mobile device needs to be protected against threats in some way.

Here are 4 tips from Kaspersky on security measures to be taken for enhanced mobile security:

  • Generate complex passwords

Users can create a password on their smartphone. Beyond a defined number of unsuccessful password entry attempts, the phone hangs, turns off and, in some cases, even erases all data.

  • Beware of SMS Text

messages are an easy target for mobile malware. So, users are advised not to send confidential data such as credit card information or important private data through this.

  • Look for the padlock symbol in your browser padlock

The icon in the browser's address bar indicates a reliable and secure connection. Check its presence when entering personal data, such as your address or payment information, or when sending emails from your mobile browser.

  • Make sure your apps are from trusted sources

Major e-commerce sites, such as Amazon or eBay, have their own mobile apps. If you want to use these applications, make sure they are the official applications of the company concerned before downloading. To do this, you can view the application development information as well as user ratings on the download page.

To protect against mobile malware, a wide selection of free mobile security software is also available for download from the Google Play platform for Android and from the Apple App Store.

Source: Wikipedia, Kaspersky

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