It’s no surprise to anyone that smartphones are adding a level of convenience to our lives that is unprecedented in modern times. It’s clear that our smartphones have become the focal point for photos, music, videos, work related documents, and much more. If we’re separated from our smartphone for a day, we almost feel lost. We depend on them for everything – from financial transactions and work-related activities, to personal connections.
Of course, this convenience and availability of our personal information in one device makes us much more vulnerable. Smartphones have become such a part of the fabric of our lives that we need to be mindful that our family plans mean our children have access to smartphones. And that we need to inform them and teach them about the basics of security for their protection and yours. Children need some education and instruction about the potential dangers of a smartphone.
Learn About Mobile Security for your Own Protection
When looking broadly at smartphone security, there are three areas everyone should be aware of.
First, there are always holes or vulnerabilities in any smartphone operating system. No operating system is perfect. Malware is designed to expose those weaknesses and leverage them. Malware can prevent your smartphone from operating properly. You may not even notice it. Or, it can shut down your smartphone entirely. It can take over your phone, destroy its system and everything on it. Or worse, it could steal all your important data.
A lost smartphone is something that you should consider. It can and does happen. You should have a contingency plan in place. Can you access the smartphone remotely? Have you installed remote wipe options?
And don’t forget that thieves can steal your purse or briefcase or even your smartphone itself. If you leave it unsupervised for a moment, say, while you get a lid for your coffee in a coffee shop for example, that might just happen.
A Few Smart Actions Could Save You
Password protect your smartphone. It’s easy. The process is simple, and you will be doing the most basic thing you can to protect yourself. Passwords are the keys to your smartphone. So take the time to set up your passwords.
Not all apps are created with security in mind. Third party apps can be infected with some sort of malware. And this can give would be thieves access to your smartphone. Don’t download apps from unknown providers. And if you really want an app regardless, research the reviews online prior to installation. And as a rule, do not install apps that require permissions to use their personal details, contact list or Facebook account information.
How to Insure your Smartphone
And if your smartphone is lost or stolen, what are you to do? Consider your home insurance policy. Check to see if there is a limit on mobile phones. Most home insurance policies provide some coverage for mobile phones and mobile electronic devices, subject to a deductible. And you may want to consider adding identity theft insurance. If your smartphone is stolen and sensitive data is accessed, you want to ensure you are adequately protected.
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