Smartphones are our essential companions, and we nearly trust them with everything, especially private information. These smartphones now represent what we are, our reputation, who our friends are and almost everything. With today’s tech, we have acquired powerful smartphones that we rarely rely on computers; not all times. Having these high-end devices, one thing is clear; we ought to take care of them. Below is a list of the dos and don’ts.
Safeguarding your smartphone should always be given a higher priority than anything else. You should enforce physical and software security measures. This can be done through patterns, passwords and even through biometric authentication technologies. This will ensure that nobody will get into your device and have access to your private information and other stuff. Software security can be enhanced through updates. System updates have patches that seal vulnerabilities and also improve performance. App updates also do the same and get rid of bugs.
Don’t forget to back up
A back up is everything; it’s what you need when your device has lost everything. Although our smart phones provide cloud storage services, you should also seek other methods to back up your data such as other cloud providers or secure flash drives. In case one fails, you have the other to have your back.
Don’t expose your device to harsh environment
You should not let your smartphone or enable it to be near/in a harsh environment. This includes direct sunlight for a long time, water, rain and humid conditions, and even heat. These elements may decrease your phone’s performance or even ‘kill’ your device instantly. Also, don’t forget to get a cover for your phone; this includes a screen protector. You may not know when the forces of gravity come knocking.
Grant app permissions individually
Smartphone users have the liberty to set permissions of every app they install. Always be careful every time you allow a permission. Some apps may require permission to access contacts, microphone, camera and even location. If you feel that the apps don’t have anything to do with the permissions they are requesting, go online and do some research. Most of the apps end up stealing your data or providing tracking services to other third party entities.
Don’t install apps from unknown sources
As a matter of security, Android users should not turn on the ‘Unknown sources’ feature in security settings unless you trust that app or the source. Most apps that aren’t from the Play store usually carry codes containing malware or for malicious intentions. To avoid this trouble, don’t download apps unless they’re from a reputable source.
Set up your smartphone tracking service
In Android, there’s ‘Find my device,’ and in iPhone, there’s ‘Find my iPhone’ feature. These features are essential if you misplace or your device gets stolen. Setting up these services should be your priority if it occurs to you that you might lose your device someday. Newer smartphones have these features set up automatically when you set up your account. This services will help you to locate your device by making it ring or showing its location on a map, remotely locking the device, factory erasing the phone and also displaying contact info if you want to.