Technology has undoubtedly paved a way for nations to reach out to each other. We would like to believe that we can consider the internet to be a new age universal language that this generation speaks. But like most things developing, there are so much more to improve on how data can be accessed securely. As for now the most that we can do is to keep our information as private as we can. One of the most common checkpoint is our day to day basis device, our mobile phones.
While most devices now promises a more secured user experience, it is always safe to assume that there may be glitches that could happen. We have listed some of the basics in keeping your mobile experience protected:
#1 Lock down your device.
Starting off with the entry point of any device--the lock screen. You will enter password on any device that you choose to lock. Here’s how to do it.
Create a custom passcode that is longer than 4 digits it offers less chances of decoding.
How: Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode > Passcode Options
While the fingerprint is a great feature. It is ideal to use a PIN or an alphanumeric password.
How: Settings > Security > Screen lock
#2 Reduce the risk of stolen data by encrypting your device
The worst thing that could happen to your phone is get stolen or lost. Naturally, the person who has got your phone will try to access information that they should not. They will not--if they cannot.
Set your phone to delete everything after 10 failed passcode attempts. You can retrieve them in the icloud.
How: Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Erase Data
Note: that a PIN or password needs to be set to do this, and the device needs to be plugged in.
Settings > Security > Encrypt phone/tablet
#3 You don't have to share your location to everything.
There are certain apps that don’t need your location, but in turn requires you to turn it on. Check out their sources and be wary of apps from “unknown sources”.
How: Settings > Privacy > Location Services (> optionally System Services)
There are two ways that you are sharing your location, it's via Google Services and the Apps you install.
To stop Google services from tracking your location, and reset your location history:
How: Settings > Location > Google Location History
On other apps:
Settings > Apps > icon > App permissions > Location
#4 Hide private notifications.
While it's convenient to see the pop up notifications before you actually “open” them, it also makes it easy for other people to see your private notifications on the lock screen. These notifications can easily be filtered on which notifies you, and which one does not.
Settings > Notifications > [app name] > Show on Lock Screen
(newer versions of Android only).
Settings > Sound & notifications
#5 Keep the device’s software up-to-date.
This applies to any device, as your outdated software is more vulnerable to hackers. Remember that developers are constantly updating and improving protection, so it is best to keep up with it.
How: Settings > About phone/tablet > System Update