We have more and more personal information stored inside our cell phones. Here’s how to prevent it from being stolen.
It’s hard to miss the daily use of our smartphones these days. If at the beginning, we used them mainly to go on Facebook and play Candy Crush, we can now, with a few taps on our screens, check the state of our finances, do our tax returns and show our credentials to enter a restaurant. We therefore have our entire lives at our fingertips, but also at the fingertips of cybercriminals and thieves of all kinds. All the more reason to secure your terminals to avoid unpleasant surprises.
We therefore offer you some advice to avoid the worst.
1- Avoid wild APK files
Even if the omniscience of Apple and Google can sometimes annoy, it must be recognized that it is more secure to download your applications from the App Store and the Play Store than anywhere else. The official stores are supposed to attest to the maximum security of the files available. Each time a new application is offered, it is first analyzed by the platforms that guarantee its quality before it arrives on the virtual shelves. Moreover, thanks to the description of each one, you know which personal data will be recovered by the designers. As much as you can, avoid downloading APKs from unsecured sites because the risk of ending up with a virus is high. However, you should know that if we redirect you, on Android-MT, to an external source, it is because we have verified its quality.
2- Update your apps and system
It’s a habit to get into, even if it annoys you to have to make room on your internal storage and restart your phone afterwards, but you absolutely must always update the operating system of your phone. This will always secure your device and close the existing loopholes that hackers could use to get to your data. Hackers are always evolving their methods, so you should always be up to date on your phone. The same goes for your application updates.
3- Be careful with the permissions you give
Even if we tend to click faster than our shadow to install an application on our smartphones, it is important to be careful with the permissions you give it. Sometimes information is retrieved that makes no sense at all. That WhatsApp asks you for access to your microphone is pretty logical. That a flashlight accesses your geolocation does not. Knowing the plethora of offers available on the stores, don’t just jump on the first app at the top of the results and be a little careful. From Settings>Applications, it is possible to have a detailed account of the authorizations granted to such or such app in case of doubt.
4- Use a password manager
It’s tempting to use the password saving feature of browsers, but it’s still best to use password managers. These programs work like safes that keep your logins and codes safe and secure and offer end-to-end encryption of your data. You will find for example free solutions like BitWarden and Keepass2Android. If you also use these managers on your PCs, you can even synchronize them with your smartphones.
5- Use a VPN
When you’re in public spaces and don’t want to dip too much into our data plan, it’s quite tempting to connect to open WiFi hotspots. However, these public networks are not always very secure and your personal data can be retrieved by other people connected at the same time as you. In these cases, we recommend using VPNs that will allow you to mask your activity.