While you may take precautions to protect the cyber security of your computer you are probably less likely to take the same precautions with your mobile device, even when you probably all of the same accounts logged on your phone that you do have on your computer.
Install An Antivirus App
Like computers, you can download antivirus applications on your mobile phone. You can perform scans for malware and viruses to enable your phone to find and eliminate any threats that may be lurking on your phone. Antivirus software can also warn you if you are about to enter a website that the antivirus software deems as dangerous; this can help prevent your device from being infected by malware or viruses before it even happens. You will also be less likely to fall victim to an online scam.
Only Download Applications On The Offical App Store Of Your Phone
You should only download applications from the official app store of your phone. Google Play Store is the official app store for Android and the Apple App Store is the app store for iPhones. This way you have a reduced chance of accidentally downloading a fake application; however the risk of downloading a fake application is not eliminated, as there are still fake applications on the official app stores of both Android and Apple devices. Above everything you should ensure that you check the reviews for applications before you download them as they are likely to tell if if the app doesn’t work as expected or has caused their device to act strange as a probable result of being infected by malware or a virus.
Use A VPN If Connecting To WIFI Other Than Your Trusted Home WIFI
If possible you should avoid connecting to WIFI networks other than your home WIFI network, particularly if you are connecting to a public WIFI network that is commonly found in cafes and transport hubs. These networks often allow anybody to connect and often provide minimal or no security. Hackers can utilise the poor security of these networks and infect the network with malware so that they can engage in what is known as a man-in-the-middle attack (MITM); this is where hackers can intercept communications being sent from devices connected to the network or sent from the device connected to the network. This can allow hackers to spy on this information, potentially allowing them to find login information for accounts logged on in the device.
Do Not Connect Your Phone To USB Sockets
Hackers can infect your phone when you connect your device to a USB socket and send malware or viruses to your device. You should instead connect your mobile phone charger to a plug socket using a plug; as this eliminates the risk of this happening. If your phone is affected and your cryptocurrency account on your device is compromised you should contact a crypto recovery professional who will be able to maximise the likelihood of you getting your cryptocurrency back.
Put A Passcode On Your Phone
Password protecting your mobile device can prevent the information on your phone from being accessed by unauthorised users if you lose your phone. You should ensure that your password is hard to guess and isn’t your birthday or the name of your pet as these may be the first things someone tries to get into your phone.
Ensuring that the cybersecurity of your phone is not compromised is very important for every mobile user and should be taken seriously.