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The smartphone is an integral part of a person’s daily life, it contains a lot of information about us of our private and business lives. Phone hacking is a costly and sophisticated procedure, usually with a very specific purpose (political / security, etc.) and the chances that you will be a victim of such burglaries are very low. However, our smartphones do serve a purpose for hackers and thieves, to extract our personal information and use it for different purposes. Whether ransom, stealing passwords for your bank account or even data you keep on your device.

We’ve compiled ways for you to be safe with your device and to avoid hacking and thieves:

Smartphone locking system
Smartphones offer many ways to lock your device such as passwords, facial ID, templates and fingerprints. It is important and worthwhile to use these options to ensure that your private information does not leak out into the hands of a stranger if the device is stolen or lost. Of course, there are ways to break these barriers too, but it is definitely better to use a lock option than to leave the device completely vulnerable.

System updates
Version updates also include security updates and enhancements for the operating system, a version update will help secure and strengthen your device in most cases. Our natural choice is to reject or not update it at all due to the fear that something will change on our device, this is not justified. Keep your information safe.

Permissions
Manage application permissions in a logical and smart way. When downloading an app even from official app stores, read the required permissions carefully and consider whether to approve the application or not. The official app stores may also have malicious apps, read the reviews and be diligent before distributing permissions. If you are not using a particular app, simply remove it.

Wireless networks & Bluetooth
Keep your wireless networks and Bluetooth off if you are not using them. When you leave those open your smartphone is vulnerable to hacking. Avoid browsing using public WIFI (like in cafes, airports, etc.) especially when it comes to sites such as your banking website. Also, when you browse websites like online stores and enter your personal information, make sure the HTTPS URL bar appears.

IMEI number and device backup
Save your device’s IMEI number so that if the device is lost /stolen and reaches unwanted hands, your cellular provider will be able to remotely block access to it. If you have important information about your device you should back it up, there are lots of ways to do this like Dropbox, Google Drive, Hard Disk and more.

Don’t click on links
Don’t be tempted to run software that is sent to you without detection. This is common in SMS messages, a silent and evil way to install unwanted software on your device.

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