It can come in many forms but what there is always something in common. Every time and for whatever reason you will be asked for your information, account, and password. Don’t give away your information that easily.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth!
Randomly connecting to any network available seems pretty nice when you’re on the move, but it also makes your mobile an easy target for malicious individuals. A long-time recommendation has always been not to connect to every open wi-fi available.
The same is true for Bluetooth. If you’re not using it, turn it off. At the end of the day, you’ll also save battery life.
Obviously there will be times in which avoiding this is just not possible. A free connection will save you data, you just have to be careful with it. Luckily for us, the increasing number of attacks have also pushed companies to increase the amount of effort put into creating better security systems.
Now that we have reviewed the simplest steps to reduce your risk of a cyber attack we are going to speak about the most “complex” ones.
While these steps are not actually complex for us as users, the word is used to imply that there are a lot more processes involved in this. Processes that we can’t actually see but protect us from the shadows.
Keep your mobile up to date
Keeping your operating system up-to-date is the easiest way to be protected from external attacks. Due to the amount of coding and myriad other factors mobile phones always have vulnerabilities.
Vulnerabilities are a reality for every operating system out there. Whether you’re using Android or iOs. In 2018 there were 322 vulnerabilities reported for Android and 124 for iOs. It seems like a lot of vulnerabilities for Android but consider that Android’s market share is considerably higher at 74% worldwide.
It is like a never-ending battle between light and dark. The bad guys are always looking for new vulnerabilities and ways to exploit them while the good guys are inventing new ways to fix them and prevent them.
Cyber Security Systems.
Smartphones are basically small computers. A bunch of hardware and software working in harmony to let us enjoy a good movie or be more productive using a mobile device. As such, Anti-virus software was born for mobiles.
An antivirus app will scan your phone and eliminate malware that might have been downloaded accidentally – or not. Some of them even have a VPN included to enhance network protection when navigating the internet on a public connection.
Another advantage of these beautiful systems is that you can encrypt your personal data. You will have a background running program that will take care of almost every security issue for you. However, having an antivirus will not protect you from an unlocked phone.
So, make sure that you follow these extremely simple steps and the chance of falling victim to a cyber attack will be drastically reduced.