Ways to Secure Your Smartphone PDF Print E-mail

What with the steady increase in the popularity of Smartphone's across the globe, there has also been observed an almost definite rise in the number of security issues regarding these phones. Smartphone's are like a mini-laptop - they have the same ability to contain data, which can be accessed through email, a cloud-based web application or any internal as well as external memory storage.

The Android-based Smartphone's in particular contribute towards the majority of Smartphone sales across the world. Backed by Google, this particular platform is being used by most of the major mobile phone manufacturers today. From Samsung and Motorola to Sony Ericsson, HTC, LG and Dell, all the major brands are using this fast growing mobile phone platform today. In 2010, the Android platform was found to capture at least 25% of the Smartphone market across the world. What's more, it is expected to grow twice as much this year and will surpass all other competitors in the market.

Undeniably, Smartphone's are extremely valuable and if you own one of these priceless contraptions, it is very important to first consider what would happen if your phone fell into the wrong hands. Here are a few anti-theft measures that you can take to secure your Smartphone:

  1. Password protection: Set up a password protection feature on your phone. Check in your phones security setting and turn it on. If the option is not available on your phone, then check it up online and see if you can enable this on your phone. If you password protect your computer, then why not your mobile device?
  2. Remote wipe your phone's data: Once you are done securing your phone with a password, then you should further protect the data on your phone with a remote wipe. This will basically wipe off all the data stored on your phone and will restore it to factory settings. This should only be done unless you are sure your phone has been stolen.
  3. Never save Sensitive Data: If you use your mobile phone to access your bank account or conduct online transactions, then never set your phone to auto-remember passwords. If your phone is picked up by the wrong person, he or she will not be able to access your account easily.
  4. Be Careful with what you Click on: Like computers, Smartphone's can also be affected by viruses, malware and phishing scams. So, if you receive any suspicious SMS' or emails, do not click on any links. You don't want anyone to steal your passwords and other important information.
  5. Don't just install anything: If you are downloading or installing a new application, make sure it comes from a trusted source. What with the thousands of applications and games that are available to extend your Smartphone's functionality, you may be tempted to install just about anything. Refrain yourself.

These few tips should help keep your Smartphone safe. But only to an extent. What do you do once your phone is stolen? The chances of you retrieving it are very slight.


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