Cell phones typically contain data such as personal photos, emails, passwords, and a lot of information that could really put you in danger if it were lost or stolen. What’s more frightening is that law enforcement has been making moves that would require people to unlock their phones or make it legal to track their precise locations if they were suspected of doing something wrong. It is beginning to make it worrisome for people, and parents in particular, to continue taking and using their phones everywhere they went. Luckily, there are some security tricks that moms and dad can use to keep their data safe even if they aren’t clued up on technology and security.
Review Apps Before You Install Them
The minute you download an application, you give its developer access to your mobile phone. In fact, before initially using a new application, users often have to check off on what kind of data the app will have access to. If you are using a texting app, the program might want access to your phonebook. According to the Secure Data Recovery company blog, you have more protections from the government snooping around your phone than the average mobile phone app maker. So basically, that just means that you have to know what you are downloading on your phone ahead of use.
Don’t Automatically Connect to Public Wi-fi
Another way that you can inadvertently put your mobile data at risk is by connecting to public Wi-Fi and hotspots without regard for safety. If you login to your email account on a public Wi-Fi connection, that data can be seen by others. All of your uploads and downloads are also visible while on one of these unsecure networks. Simply wait until you are home to complete sensitive tasks until you are home.
Know When and Where You Have to Give Up Cell Phone Data
There are only maybe two or three instances when you truly have to give someone access to your cell phone password or other important data. For one, if you ever have to get your phone repaired, well, you have to unlock it so that the technician can gain access to the operating system and make repairs. You may or may not have to sign a waiver that will prevent you from suing or otherwise seeking damages if the technician reviews or even misuses your personal data, but that really isn’t a common occurrence.
Next up, is traveling outside of the country or simply going to the airport. There are a lot of times when going through customs or a security checkpoint puts people in a position where they must unlock their phones to get through. Remember, air and international travel isn’t a civil liberty. So, if you don’t want to unlock your phone in these kinds of situations, then leave it safely at home.
Although it is like second nature to just whip out your phone wherever you are and use it freely, you have to ponder what information you have at risk. Do you want family photos being visible to strangers? What about having bank account details fall into the lap of hackers? Try to be more responsible about how you access apps and public internet connections while out and about with your mobile device.