7 Tips for Protecting Your Smartphone Against Malware

Many people incorrectly believe that their smartphones and other mobile devices cannot get viruses or be hacked. However, according to the Juniper Mobile Security 2011 report, mobile malware has increased to 155%. Because of the high risk, here are 7 tips for protecting your smartphone against malware:

1. Do your research before downloading apps.

Before you download any app, it is crucial that you do the research to ensure that you do not download harmful content. However, it is not enough just to look for reviews on certain apps. Whenever possible, you should do research into the company offering the apps to avoid falling victim to malware.

2. Be careful when using public Wi-Fi networks.

When you use public Wi-Fi networks, especially if they are not secure, you can accidentally leak private information to individuals with harmful intent. Whenever possible, you should only use networks that you are familiar with, although you will still need to be careful. You should also clear your browser history and cache after using a public network.

3. Secure your passwords.

When using mobile devices, be sure to secure your passwords and backup any sensitive information. When choosing passwords, select strong combinations consisting of numbers, letters (both capital and lowercase), and special characters. To help further protect your smartphone, you should also avoid allowing websites and apps to automatically save your passwords or keep you logged in.

4. Install malware protection.

There are many free and paid mobile security apps available that offer protection against malware and theft. However, as mentioned previously, it is important to remember to do the appropriate research beforehand to ensure you do not download harmful tools instead.

5. Be careful when using online banking.

If you use online banking, you have to be extremely careful about not letting the sensitive information leak. To help keep yourself protected when doing online banking, be sure to:

  • Never text your bank account number, username, password, or other sensitive information
  • Always log out of your bank account and clear your cache
  • Instantly delete any read emails from your bank that include sensitive information

If your phone is lost or stolen, you should notify your bank immediately so that your account can be monitored.

6. Do not jailbreak or root your mobile device.

Jailbreaking” (for iOS devices) or “rooting” (for Android devices) involve gaining unregulated access to a smartphone’s inner workings. If you jailbreak or root your mobile device, you strip away the security features in place to keep you protected. You also make it possible for third-party apps to be downloaded that may cause harm. Lastly, a jailbreak or root will also void the manufacturer’s warranty for your device.

7. Update your devices and apps regularly.

Because devices and apps are produced quickly, they may not always be completely ready for the market. Whenever important and authorized updates are available for firmware and apps, be sure to download them to fix any bugs. By fixing any bugs, you will better protect yourself against future viruses or hackers.

To make sure that you are protected to the best of your ability, these 7 tips for protecting your smartphone against malware will help get you started.

The author of this article Dan Clark is not a very happy after losing his smartphone while out dog walking.