Smart phones are capable of processing almost any data a person needs, from transferring money between bank accounts, to ordering food down the street. While this amount of convenience can free time for more important activities, it opens the door to more security issues.
Three common smartphone security mistakes:
- Free WiFi
A necessary evil of smartphones is data usage. Data can get pricey, so many users are constantly in-search of WiFi. Unsecured networks can open the door to malicious sources accessing information on your device. For this reason, users are encouraged to be wary of which WiFi networks they join. If joining a public network, accessing personal information, like bank account logins, is frowned upon.
- Being unaware of malware risks
Android devices are naturally more susceptible to malware threats, but that doesn’t mean iPhone users should throw caution to the wind. More malware distributors have been targeting mobile devices than ever. For this reason, users should avoid clicking any shady links in emails, be wary of malvertising and look into utilizing an antivirus app.
- Trusting too much
Not utilizing a device’s passcode, or using the same password on every app, can make accessing information quicker, but leads to potential security issues. No passcode means anyone can access information, which could turn into a disaster if a device is stolen. If the same password is used for all of someone’s apps, the moment an unauthorized source gets into one app, they can access all personal information. For this reason, it’s encouraged for smartphone users to regularly change app passwords and device passcodes.
Mobile devices make life easier for all users, but can open the door to potential information loss. For this reason, users everywhere are encouraged to be wary of any suspicious activity.