SupportBiz lists some tips to keep your smartphone safe.
1. Read before you ‘Allow’.
Check if the website or app is asking for access only to information that it necessarily needs in order to operate. If you feel that it is requesting access to more than the necessary amount of information, do not download it.
2. Be careful with apps.
Be very careful while downloading apps on your smartphone.
Go to the store from where you are downloading the app, and check whether the firm offering it is a legitimate one. Study how many other people have downloaded the app, and check the feedback section thoroughly.
3. Download from popular app markets only.
Ensure that you download apps only from popular app markets such as Getjar, Amazon, Apple and Android Play Store.
The threat of virus attacks and other threats will reduce significantly, if you stick to this rule.
4. Regularly delete browser history.
Ensure that you delete the history on your browser regularly, which will reduce the extent to which your personal information can be tracked online.
On your smartphone, you can even set the option of never saving your history, or clear your cookies every couple of days.
5. Minimise use of GPS and geo-tagging.
Do not keep your GPS on at all times, as this enables people to find out exactly where you are at any given point of time. Similarly, if you enable geo-tagging in every picture that you post on your social media networks, it becomes very easy for people to follow your movements and determine things like where you are, which restaurants you frequent, and where your workplace is located.
To avoid this, ensure that your GPS and geo-tagging settings are turned off, at least most of the times. Resist the urge to put up your location on social media platforms at all times.
6. Wipe your phone clean before you dispose of it.
People usually delete all their contacts, messages, e-mails and photographs from their smartphones before they sell them or dispose of them otherwise. However, this is not a foolproof way to protect one’s data. Today, technology has made it possible to obtain your personal data from a smartphone that you have sold, even if you have deleted all of it, even though you might have used a password.
It is a good idea to use software like File Waster or Secure Data Destruction to wipe your smartphone of all personal data before disposing of it.