Mobile phones contain a great deal of personal information about you. Many apps on your phone provide access to your bank accounts or other accounts that contain sensitive information. These apps may also store credit card information that can allow criminals to buy whatever they want and ship it wherever they want. What’s more, your phone probably contains direct access to your e-mail, text messages and social media accounts that can be used to steal your identity and to trick your friends into providing their sensitive information as well.
Things like this can happen when an attacker physically gets ahold of your mobile device, sure. But did you know that there are a growing number of exploits that take advantage of your phone’s Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connections to gain virtual access to your phone? It’s true! Phones can be infected with malware just like a computer can!
So what should you do to make sure your mobile phone is secure? The following is a list of tips we recommend.
Use a strong pin or password on your phone
Consider enabling fingerprint logins to your device
Disable Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth when you don’t need them
Be careful what apps you download and what services you allow them to access
Disable location services when you don’t need them
Be careful about where you plug in your phone
Employ remote wiping software
Backup your phone often.