These days, our smartphones store as much valuable information as our cabinets plus our bank account years back. I think its not far-fetched if we say: "The smartphones of today are massive data banks".
But here is the Irony: We barely do enough to protect these sneaky devices. A self called 'genius' friend of mine once shared the result of his study: "Many folks don't value the data stored in their smartphones as much as the items in their refrigerators". Isn't that interesting?
This sure explains the high security loopholes and exploitation on smartphone devices theses days.
Now, you need to know what an hacker can do: Like breaking into your smart devices, stealing your back account information, listening to your secret conversations and installing malicious softwares to creep on you and leak your recovered files online.
The basic lesson is that when an hacker visits you, he doesn't come with candies and roses. Oh no baby!
That's why you need to know how to secure your smartphone devices to the last bits. So how do you go about securing your phones from being hacked?
1. Your phone is personal. Security exploitation comes in different levels of complexity. We all love to think of the art of hacking and security exploitation as being able to sit in one cubicle with a pair of big nerd glasses and a cup of coffee while furiously spurting out lines upon lines of offensive codes – Isn't that what the Hollywood made us to believe?
But reality tells us otherwise, infact that house maid of yours who can barely move a mouse by one inch can hack into your devices and steal your account details.
The first step in securing your smart devices from being hacked is by treating it as it should be: Your phone is "YOUR PHONE". Its personal – something to be treated with the respect of a lioness' Iris.
2. Update your applicationsThe most competent hackers – Those we like to refer to as the code ninjas don't really target your phone directly. They attack your application's API – The very building units of your applications.
When hackers get hold of a security loop hole in a particular software, they leak it out to other hackers who in turn feed on such a system.
This explains why most software companies iterate by coming out with updated and more secure versions as often as possible. Its a war of hide and seek between the furious hackers and the affected software companies.
Hence, using outdated software versions is a rather direct act of setting up yourself as easy target for attacks – In other word – a software casualty. "In every war, there's got to be casualty" remember ?
3. Encrypt your dataNot many people really understand what encryption entails – few computer whiz do though! When you encrypt data, what you basically do is rewrite the data in a totally illegible format based on a set of algorithms.
A highly encrypted data is a bit of a hard nut to crack. Many smartphones now come with fully integrated encryption functionalities.
Most versions of Iphones and the Latest versions of Android devices make securing and encrypting your data very seamless and efficient.
4. Keep Your Passwords secretA rather common mistake a number of people make; "revealing your passwords to a third party". Did I just say that? Yes, a third party. When it comes to your smartphone devices, you are the first party and your phone is the second party – And that's where it ends.
Password as a form of security exploitation is a rather common attack. Here's why: many smartphone users can't simply keep their passwords secret – Mostly for sentimental reasons.
Now, because he's such a "nice guy" that he bought you a piece of chocolate the other day doesn't necessitate you setting yourself up for a risk.
Many smartphones now come with integrated functionalities for finger print reading and iris scanning as a higher level of data access key. Such phones are highly more secure to use in this sense.
5. Certain information are not meant for mobile devicesHackers are often on a prowl for sensitive data. Here is a simple analogy: I 've got this lovely white puppy who goes by the name funny face. Funnyface is quite a friendly and cool guy. But, that's where it ends.
If you dangle a piece of meat cake before it, its more than likely to jump on you like an exited Tigeress. Now, hackers are like Funnyface.
Certain pieces of information like your bank account details are not meant to be stored on your smartphone devices.
Keeping such highly sensitive data on mobile devices posses potential security risks as hackers are always on the prowl scouring for such data. Your smartphone directories can be easily accessed and read via any public wi-fi network. Shocking... right? Okay... but that is just a simple fact.
Hence, its a lot more secure to consider saving your sensitive pieces of information on a room desktop computer that is not accessible via public networks.