Preventing Mobile Malware
Preventing Mobile Malware

Preventing Mobile Malware

When it comes to mobile phones, everyone underestimated the importance they would assume for communications.  They are not just a communication tool as they are also used for accessing the Internet, sending text messages, and documenting the world. Mobile phones are now a part of our pop culture, their use is now a necessity for modern life. Because of this, mobile malware has become a topic of major concern, it’s now very much a reality and a growing threat. A malicious software designed to damage or disrupt your mobile device in several ways and forms. All users need to be aware of the severity of mobile malware and take steps to avoid it. Here are some tips that can help protect your mobile device.

Operating System

Update the operating system often, charge your phone, clear out some space, and install the update right away. Most of those updates act as a security patch to known vulnerabilities on your device. You may set updates to be done manually or automatically.

Mobile Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus solutions are available to download for a reason. It could help minimize malware’s overall effects on your phone. It’s time to give your smart phone the same protection you give your desktop or laptop computer.

Ensure Public or Free WiFi is Protected

Free WiFi sounds great right? Most free WiFi points are not encrypted. To protect against WiFi hacking, use applications that secure your connection or at least tell you the status of the WiFi to which you are connected. Being cautious, turning off wireless connectivity when you are not using it helps avoid automatic connection to unencrypted networks.

Strong Passwords

If your mobile device allows two-factor authentication, don’t hesitate to use it. You don’t want to be subject to unforeseen attacks. Passwords should be eight or more characters long, including special characters and numbers to help make unauthorized access nearly impossible.

Encrypt Your Mobile Device

Encryption is the process of making data unreadable. This is important in case of theft, and it prevents unauthorized access. You simply need to locate this feature on your mobile device and enter a password to encrypt your device.

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