With unlimited functionality, smartphone technology simplifies our everyday tasks, but at the same time it can also allow easy access and even greater opportunity than ever for hackers and scammers to take advantage of our personal information. The staff at ADS Guards, one of the leading security companies San Jose residents trust, offers a few tips to help keep your sensitive information safe.
Stopping Easy Access to Your Smartphone
Firstly, and most importantly, don’t lose your smartphone. However, in case loss or theft does occur, make sure to protect your smartphone with a password and a PIN number. Just like with your computer password, change your smartphone password often, as this is the first line of defense against unwanted access to your information. Secondly, always check you have logged off any websites where you have made purchases, paid bills, or accessed your banking account on your smartphone. If you stay logged into these websites and you enter a place with a public Wi-Fi hotspot, your accounts may be vulnerable.
Protecting Your Smartphone from a Potential Security Breach
Only download mobile apps for your smartphone from trusted app stores. It is tempting to download free apps from websites, but unless the apps are vetted by an Apple or Android store, there is no telling what spyware or other hacking capabilities might be built-in and ready to access your whereabouts, conversations, or other personal information. For instance, one version of the iPhone Flashlight app was recently reported for having spyware. You should also keep your operating system up to date and your battery charged at all times. Recently, it has been reported there are hackers accessing vulnerable smartphones running on low battery through public Wi-Fi hotspots. This can allow the hackers access to confidential data and lead to identity theft. Also, avoid giving out your personal information in a text that appears to be from your bank. This could actually be someone phishing for your account information. Though our primary duty is providing professional guard services for commercial and residential buildings, the security experts at ADS Guards still consider the safety of your personal information a priority. For other security tips or to learn more about the services we offer, please call 1-800-794-1550 today.