Mobile security is at the top of every company’s worry list these days. Nearly all workers now routinely access corporate data from smartphones, and that means keeping sensitive information out of the wrong hands is getting harder and harder for most mobile users. And as a huge number of people continue to access data thru their mobile, it becomes easier for hackers to target these mobile devices. In a recent blog post, hackers with links to the North Korean regime managed to make Google complicit in stealing information from the nation.
The Google Play store has apparently been playing host to at least three applications intended to get data from individuals. Two of these apps were posing security apps, while the third claimed to be providing information about various food ingredients.
Apparently, what they really did was pilfer data from devices and find authorization codes granting them a full view of things like photos, contacts, and text messages. These apps generally targeted users through the Facebook platform.
Here’s how you can boost your own Android security:
Always lock the screen.
Make sure that your screen is always locked. It will protect your data, especially if the phone is physically stolen.
Use strong passwords.
Although some manufacturers are slow to offer updates, Google ensures they always have one for Android devices. So, remember to check what you’ve “enabled” your apps to do (and see)—and yeah, use a good password. But remember, even those have weaknesses—mostly because we tend to use the same one for all out accounts; it’s just easier.
Have a security application.
It’s good practice to have a security app on your mobile devices. An application that has a feature of anti-theft, tracking, and locking, as well as malware scanning and detection, can help lessen the potential threats.
Choose your networks wisely.
It’s easy to connect to a public WiFi, especially if you’re in a rush can’t consider the alternative. Just think it through though, because connecting to an unsecured public network through “free” WiFi is super risky these days. A VPN on your laptop can kick in almost immediately, and it’s like $7 a month.
If possible, avoid rooting your device.
Consider the pros and cons before rooting your Android devices. It may allow you to have more control over your device, it could also allow unsigned apps, even the malicious ones to access your data. This makes it difficult to patch and update your operating system and apps, that could make your device vulnerable.
Be cautious when downloading apps.
The easiest way for any type of mobile device to get infected with malware is by downloading from any third-party app stores. You should limit your apps to those official app stores could lower the risks.
Hackers, malicious users, thieves, and such are generally opportunists and would rather target those who have offered them a quick way to achieve their goals than spend time working against obstacles.
Don’t be a fool—take these tips.