A smartphone is the most important part of our life. And clearly our day to day life revolves around it. This palm-size device makes our life simple, easy and faster for many reasons.
A smartphone can be a one-stop for your checking emails, calls, social media, messages, video calls, etc. and it is completely normal to get hooked to this gadget for all your needs.
But while constantly being on the phone, there are several mistakes we end up doing which is ruining our phone. Following is a rundown of 9 common mistakes we do that is killing your smartphone.
1.Joining Public Wi-Fi Network
Sure, public internet is free and it is installed for the use of common people. But there are more cons than pros to this facility. Public Wi-Fi is open to all which means it is open to hackers too.
If you use public Wi-Fi, there are chances that hackers can easily hack your cellular data, important data which is secured on your phone. If you happen to use public Wi-Fi use a VPN, virtual private network it is a secured method to join a public network.
To save you from this data breach use your mobile data.
2. Not Using Antivirus Software
Many people don’t understand that your smartphone is technically a portable computer just like your laptop. We take care of our computer and laptops so dearly but why don’t we take phone security seriously.
A smartphone requires antivirus software just like any other gadgets you own. Most of the smartphones don’t come with pre-installed antivirus software hence it is only beneficial to get an antivirus for your phone.
3. Not Installing Updates
Both Android and iOS regularly update their existing software to fill in the security gaps, if any. The updates are usually to make the phone work much easier than it is already. Hence, the need to update the phone and apps which you have installed in your phone is of utmost importance.
4. Verification of apps
We all have a friend who always recommends an app which he or she must have come across and just couldn’t stop praising about it.
But let us tell you, not every app in the app store or in play store is genuine that it can be installed on your phone. Always verify your app which means check the history of the app developer, check reviews, etc.
5.Clicking Unknown Link
Our phone has technically reduced our time on laptop and computer hence emailing is also done on phone sometimes. But this is a very bad idea. It is easier for the hackers to send an anonymous link from the known name (similar to known name) and deceive you into actually clicking the link.
Cyber attacks are heavily targeting people with smartphones where normal internet surfing links are shortened thereby further increasing the chances to let go the security walls.
6. Jailbreaking or Rooting
Jailbreaking for iPhone and rooting for Android gives much more liberty to the phone users than what it is already given. A normal iPhone or an android which is not jailbroken or rooted is much more secured and safeguarded with a limited amount of access to the users.
Although, non-jailbreak and non-rooted phones are secured and have lesser risk factors regarding cyber attacks.
7. Not switching off Bluetooth
Bluejacking, bluesnarfing, and blue bugging are the newest ways hackers are stealing your phone’s data. These newest ways to steal your data is via Bluetooth, a hacker can snatch away your precious phone data from a mere 30 feet away.
Within a few minutes, a hacker can steal away all your data. Hence better keep your Bluetooth off when not required.
8.Forgetting To Log Out
This one is we all are guilty about. We keep all our social media accounts, Amazon, PayPal, etc. logged in all the time. Now imagine you lost your phone, the thief has access to your credit cards info and debit cards and other personal data.
Try and keep the password simple and easy to remember so that you can log out anytime you want.
9. Storing Sensitive Data
People who are guilty of always logging in their account, those are the people who are storing sensitive data on their phone. Data such as cards details, PIN numbers should never be stored in the phone.
If the phone is stolen, this information is an easy way that a hacker can slide into your sensitive data.
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