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How to Secure your Mobile Device?

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Now a day, everybody is an owner of some type of mobile gadget. Mobile devices have become a necessity in everyday life for its ability to be carried around and still get your work done. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, Ultrabooks etc not only help you to stay in touch with your friends and family, but you can even get your office work done on the run. No wonder why these devices are so popular and hence the need to secure your mobile device.

The ability to carry mobile device also creates other problems. For e.g., you might drop the device or scratch the surface which can lead to damaging the device. Also the small size and less weight make it easier to get stolen. Ability to connect to internet creates another problem in the form of susceptibility to virus infections and gets data stolen by hackers.

Most smartphones, laptops, and tablets come with a certain level of protection. But at times, there are other things that you need to do from your part to make it more secure.

Protect Screen and Cases

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While carrying around, there is high probability of getting the screen scratched. Especially when you use the device for watching movies and have a touch screen, the scratches can make it pretty ugly. Lot of mobile accessories are present that will take care of this problem. Find a good screen protector which is compatible to your mobile device and that should take care of it.

Then there is a problem of device falling off and crashing on the ground. In some case, this can render the device useless. Find a good casing which can shock proof your device. A perfect casing would be less bulky and more rugged. Some even come with a protective membrane which protects the screen. Other benefits include preventing dirt from getting inside the device.

Protect Device with Strong Password

Apart from the physical damage, there is another threat when your device get stolen or somehow got misplaced. More than the threat of getting your device stolen, the biggest threat is when they have access to your personal data and details. The same is applicable when you have classified official data inside.

secure your mobile deviceEven without any Apps or additional software, you can provide the basic level of protection. Protect your mobile device using strong passwords. The password ideally should be complicated which is a combination of alphabets in upper and lower case, numbers and special characters. Something like “Atech!JourneY154”. I put my website name cos I need to make sure that I will be able to remember it later, but difficult to guess for others cos of the combinations included.

Apart from this, there are softwares and Apps available for your smartphone and laptops which can provide additional security. If there is a Biometric sensor inside the device, make use of it. Also enable locking down device after it reached a certain amount of failed attempts to enter the correct password.

Another way to minimize the damage from stealing is to install tracking software inside the mobile device. This tracking software will help you to track your device from another computer of smartphone.

Install Security Software

If you plan to use your mobile device for connecting to internet, then make sure to install decent security software. This help in preventing your data stolen by hackers or getting attacked by virus infections. Go for security software that includes anti-virus, firewall, spam blocker and other features that can make your presence on web safer. Once it is installed, keep it updated so that you have protection against the latest infections.

It’s not only the Laptop or Ultrabooks that need security software. Increased use of internet over smartphones and tablets has led to cyber criminals exploiting that path as well. The number of malwares and viral infections targeted for mobile devices is increasing every year. There are lots of Apps available, but look for one which provides features such as remote lock, app scanner which checks the downloads on your device, unwanted call and text message blocker.

Secure Your Wireless Settings

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There is a lot of risk involved when you send and receive data using wireless networks especially a public network. Not much people are aware of this. Always remember to turn off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when it is not needed. This prevents data from being stolen or sent without your knowledge. Also beware of sending emails and text messages in public networks as they may not be encrypted. So always be careful.

Wipe Out Details Remotely

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As a last resort, think about getting a software or App which can remotely wipe out information. This is essential in cases when your device is stolen or lost. Once you are sure you lost your phone, wipe out information remotely as this will ensure no one will access its data.

Finally, never ignore the need to secure your mobile device. Access to internet and other networks are dangerous than what you might have imagined. Take proper steps not only to protect your official data, but also sensitive and personal data.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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