Mobile devices like smart phones and tablets bring much convenience to our everyday life. However, if they are not securely protected, they also become a convenient way to security threats. To reduce the risk of leaking personal data from a mobile device, you are strongly encouraged to check the following 10 tips for your device security!
- Lock Your Mobile Device
- Enable passcode, PIN, finger print or shape lock.
- Automatic screen lock after a short period of inactivity.
- Keep the Operating System (OS) & Apps updated
- Apply the updates for the OS and apps whenever they are available to fix the bugs or security holes.
- Review apps regularly and remove unused apps.
- Use Well-known Wi-Fi network & Secure connection
- DO NOT connect to untrusted Wi-Fi networks, only well-known or trusted one should be used.
- DO NOT access personal or sensitive data with public Wi-Fi networks.
- Use secure network, e.g. VPN, which supports encryption.
- Install Security Apps
- Install anti-virus software to protect your device from virus or malware.
- Backup data in your device regularly
- Avoid storing confidential or sensitive data on your mobile device.
- Encrypt confidential or sensitive data by using the encryption feature available on your device.
- Backup or synchronize data on your mobile device to another secured storage device regularly.
- Securely erase / wipe all the data in your device before discarding or selling your device.
- DO NOT jailbreak or root your device
- Never jailbreak or root your device which might expose the device to more security flaws or risk and voids your device warranty
- DO NOT install apps from untrustworthy sources
- Only download apps from legitimate app stores.
- Only choose the apps with good ratings and reviews.
- Be caution of the access permission granted to the app.
- DO NOT turn on unused Wi-Fi, bluetooth & location services
- Turn off Wi-Fi, bluetooth and location services when they are not in use.
- DO NOT visit suspicious links or Quick Response (QR) code
- Beware of link clicking and attachment opening as they might contain viruses, especially those from unsolicited email or text messages.
- Beware of the Quick Response (QR) code you scan as it might links to a malicious website.
- Use SSL (https://) when browsing any website that may process sensitive data.
- DO NOT leave your device unattended
- Keep your device physically safe in your bag or hand.
- Activate the remote locating feature.
- Activate the remote wipe feature which can completely wipe out the device content remotely.