A usage of mobile phone is increasing dramatically. More and more individuals are using a mobile device for making an online money transfer. A usage of the mobile phone brings a lot of convenience to end user. However, it also increases the chance of hacking and fraud. In order to prevent your mobile from fraud or misuse follow the best practice guideline given below.
Best Practice Guideline to secure your mobile from hacking
- You should enable your mobile device with a PIN or pattern. It is advisable to enable encryption and remote wipe facility on a mobile device. Encryption gives shielding against unauthorized usage.
You should install anti¬malware protection for the mobile phone or tablet device.
- Avoid clicking on a website from unknown sources because it may lead to a malicious website that can affect your Smartphone badly.
- Avoid jailbreaking or rooting your mobile phone. The rooting makes your smartphone more vulnerable to cyber attack as all security of your mobile phone is compromised.
- Always download mobile application from trusted store. Never install unknown apk files to your mobile device. It’s a good idea to read reviews of each app you plan to download and pay attention to the permissions it asks for. If the permissions sound unreasonable and beyond what the app should be asking for, then the app may be a Trojan horse carrying malicious code.
- You should update your mobile apps regularly. Outdated mobile apps are more vulnerable to infections.
- Update your mobile OS to the latest version. The delay in OS update means inviting hacker to exploit the vulnerabilities in the OS.
- Avoid connecting your phone to unknown and unsecured wireless networks or hotspots. It may be hotspot designed to gain access to your Smartphone.
- Delete your data before discarding or throwing your old device. It may contain some personal information which can be used for hacking. You can also factory reset your device.
- Use social networking application with care. Usage of social media application may reveal personal information to other which can be used for hacking. You should be careful while using social networking app that can track your location.
- Emails or text messages asking the user to confirm or provide personal information (Debit/Credit/ATM pin, CVV, expiry date, passwords, etc.) should be ignored.
Mobile devices are highly vulnerable to the hacking attempts. You should follow the best practice guideline given above to protect yourself from misuse, theft, and hacking.