When home computers became popular you used to get hounded about the fact hackers wanted to infect your computer and steal your data. Nothing much has changed, but these days’ people are trying to steal your data through your smartphone instead.
If you’re not careful you could end up in serious trouble, so we’re going to look at some of the ways nasty hackers can get into your phone. Arming yourself with this knowledge will mean you stand a better chance of protecting your card numbers and naked self-shots.
When you download apps
If you spend hours on your smartphone every day you probably download a huge amount of apps. You just need to be careful because everything might not be as rosy as it seems. Do you even bother to read the agreements before you hit the download button? If you’re like most people you don’t even want to think about it, but you could be giving the app creator permission to play around inside your phone. If you want to keep your data safe you must be careful when messing around with apps.
Surfing the web
When you are surfing on the web you don’t appreciate the dangers that lurk around every corner. You must start to appreciate the fact some unsavory characters are out there and they want access to your private data. They will do everything within their power to get it and this includes hiding viruses inside the code of things you can download. If you have great virus protection software it should carry out checks before you open any downloaded files, but you still shouldn’t download anything from somewhere you don’t trust.
Hooking up to a PC
You don’t even need to be connected to the internet if you connect your phone to a PC that is already affected by a virus. Imagine you’re sitting next to someone at the movie theater and they have a virus. One or two sneezes later and you’ve caught it. The same thing happens when you hook your smartphone up to a compromised PC. The only way you can stop something bad from happening is by refusing to connect your smartphone to any PC other than your own.
Opening message attachments
Most people get excited when they receive a text message. We won’t go into why this happens, but they definitely get hit with an endorphin rush. That doesn’t mean you should open a message from anyone, especially if it has an attachment because it’s easy for someone to hide a virus inside. As soon as you open the attachment you end up with Armageddon on your phone. Those messages could seem like they’ve come from friends or family members, so they could be even harder to spot.
Your Bluetooth connection
Bluetooth is great, but it could also be very dangerous because it can connect your phone to others in the general vicinity without you even knowing. If one phone has a virus it could try to jump onto your phone, which wouldn’t be too difficult now that they’re connected. When you install software on your phone to deal with viruses you must make sure it keeps a watchful eye over your Bluetooth connection in real time. You can also switch it off unless you need it, which will work too.
Don’t just forget
It would be easy to forget about everything you’ve read today, but if you hate the thought of someone else having access to your data you won’t. You have to start treating your smartphone the same as you would a PC because they’re just so powerful these days. Whenever your credit card information is at risk, safety becomes a high priority.
The author of this post, Jenny Wadlow, is a freelance blogger who enjoys sharing insight on technology and the latest gadgets online. She writes for Cellphone Unlocker, a company generating unlock codes for a range of phones. She enjoys cooking and baking in her leisure time. You can also follow her on twitter @JennyWadlow