Secure mobile phone use
The mobile phone's role in life has changed from mere calling devices into multifunction devices. Phones are used to handle personal and business matters. Therefore, phone is a great target for scammers and thieves.
The biggest security threat to phone users come's is in the form of text messages and phone calls. Therefore, calls and text messages should be treated with caution, especially if the contact is unknown or they are asking any personal information.
With few basic security measures, you can protect your phone.
1. Use a PIN-code
The phone PIN prevents unauthorized access to the phone. It is important to use sufficiently complex code. Don't use for example consecutive numbers or your birthday as a security code. The recommended code length is 6 characters.
The phone must have PIN-code if you use work related services on the phone such as email.
2. Use auto lock
Enable automatic locking in the phone lock settings. With automatic locking, you protect your phone especially in situations where your phone is stolen. The possibility of miss clicks, for example in a bag or backpack, is also decreased.
3. Customize the visibility of notifications on your phone screen.
Even when the phone is locked, notifications may appear that contain sensitive or encrypted information. You can change the visibility of these notifications in your phone settings by deleting all notifications or editing notifications in an individual application.
Here's how to delete notifications on Android phones:
1. Open the Settings on your phone.
2. Click Applications and Notifications, and then click Notifications.
3. Under Lock Screen, select Notifications on the Lock Screen.
4. Click Don't show notifications.
To delete notifications from Apple phones:
Go to Settings> Notifications.
Notifications for an individual application Settings> Notifications, select the app, and then Banners.
4. Be sure to update your phone
You should always install software security updates. In addition, applications used on the phone should be updated regularly. It is good to note that at some point the phone's operating system and applications come to the end of their life cycle. Meaning that there will be no more new updates. Therefore, the phone becomes more insecure and its use exposes you to security threats.