6 smart ways to secure your device

Posted by News Express | 11 July 2017 | 2,132 times

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6 smart ways to secure your device

The world has gone mobile. This fact is justified by the increasing use of the smartphone and other mobile devices, with many tech-savvy individuals relying on these gadgets as handy substitutes to laptops   and   desktop   computers. Considering   the   many   tasks people   carry out on their devices include mobile banking and online shopping, among others, the importance of ensuring the security of that device cannot be over-emphasised. The   following   tips from the Research and Development Unit of Yudala, Nigeria’s fastest growing e-commerce platform, will help keep your devices secure and less vulnerable to   attack   from hackers or data compromise in the event of a loss.

1. Embrace encryption: One of the best ways to safeguard your device is to encrypt your phone storage. Most smartphones have this encryption feature built in, hence your data is seamlessly encrypted even without your notice. Should your device not have this feature automatically enabled, you can activate it manually. With encryption, all the data in your device including pictures, messages, emails, etc., are scrambled into unreadable form. In the event that your device gets lost or stolen, unwarranted access to your sensitive data is prevented as your mails, videos, images and other personal information cannot be retrieved or decrypted without the PIN or password you set while encrypting the phone.

2. Always use a VPN when on public Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is often a source of joy for most  smart   device   users. However, indiscriminate   use   of   open   Wi-Fi   connections   poses   substantial security risks especially   from   lurking,   eagle-eyed   hackers.  To avoid jeopardising your personal details, it is advisable to always use VPN   when   on   public   Wi-Fi. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Through   this,   you   can   access   the   Internet   using   a private network while connecting to a public or unsecured Wi-Fi. In   other   words, a VPN   creates a secure, encrypted  connection, which can be thought of as a tunnel, between your computer and a server operated by the VPN service. Applications running across the VPN may therefore  benefit  from the functionality,   security, and management of the private network. There are several free VPNs you can download and install on your device to provide this extra layer of security.

3. Never   give   out   your   device’s   IMEI   number: IMEI (International   Mobile   Equipment   Identity)   is   a   unique   15-digitserial   number   given   to   a   device.   Every   mobile   phone,   GSM modem  or   device  with   a   built-in  phone  or  modem   has  its   own unique   IMEI   number.   With   this   number,   you   can   check   some information   about   the   device   such   as   the   country   of   origin, manufacturer/brand   or   model.   Scammers   posing   as representatives   of   telecoms   companies   have   been   known   to request the IMEI number of phone and other device users. Please bear   in   mind   that   it   is   unwise   to   give   out   your   device’s   IMEI number.   You   may   just   be   handing   over   the   vital   information required for a   potential  hacker to  clone your device and use it maliciously.

4. Be app-smart and not app-happy: Many smart device users are often app-happy. They waste no time in downloading every new   app   they   come   across   without   a   second   thought   to   the benefits   or   access   to   personal   information   requested   by   these apps.     To   ensure   your   device   is   better   secured,   you   must endeavor   to   be   app-smart   rather   than   being   app-happy.  As  a matter of importance, you must make it a habit to read the full detailed   description   of   any   app   you   wish   to   download.   A significant number of apps request access to some features that may compromise   your   data  such   as   your   phone’s   contacts, camera, emails, etc. In cases such as this and to avoid exposing your details, it is best to search for a less-intrusive alternative. Furthermore,   being   app-smart   means   that   you   download   apps only from a trusted source such as App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android.


Source: News Express

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