Three Easy Steps to Protect Your Mobile Data

As more of us become increasingly dependent on our smartphones as the center of our personal universes, we often ignore basic security measures that are essential in keeping our private information away from prying eyes. While the vast majority of us are unlikely to be the subject of intensive targeting by the NSA, the fact remains that there are those malicious individuals out there looking steal important bits of your important personal data.Thankfully though, there are a few steps that you can take to help safeguard your phone from would be hackers.

Identifying Potential Security Breaches

Our smartphone’s most valuable feature is its ability to connect us to the world through the Internet. While most of the time we are connected through our phone’s 3G data plan on our provider’s cellular network, our phone is constantly searching for open Wi-Fi networks with which to link up with. Most of us have come to expect open Wi-Fi networks to be a public good in places like airports and cafes. Many cities have started becoming ‘wireless’, setting up free Internet connects in major city centers to allow residents to surf the web while sitting in public areas. These easy access points are useful for those of us who are looking to escape the confines of the office, they can present hackers with a way into our private systems, thus presenting a significant security risk.

In many cases, as Wi-Fi connections become more widely available through the expansion of public hotspots by Internet service providers, the risks surrounding the unauthorized access to your phone grows exponentially. In some cases, phones that are issued by the same companies that are installing the Wi-Fi networks may seek to make connections without even asking the user for permission.

In a recent article by reporter Steve Henn that was put out by National Public Radio, he and a friend highlighted the dangers posed by unsecured networks. Henn’s friend succeeded in connecting a data collection device called a Pwn Plug to the network that Henn’s phone was linked up to, quickly snatching up massive amounts of data in the span of only a few seconds. Understanding the danger posed to our emails, passwords, and other private information by these open networks can be daunting, but there are some measures that you can take to prevent the theft of your data.

Keeping Your Data Safe From Prying Eyes

First, make sure that your data is encrypted on your device. While most major eCommerce websites have encryption built into the stages at which you perform your transactions, the remainder of the information on your phone could still be vulnerable to data collection. Keeping your data encrypted is a small step to help make it more difficult for those looking to steal your data from gleaning out crucial details such as passwords or other sensitive bits.

Second, over the time that you have had your phone, you have doubtlessly connected with a large number of different networks that you neither recognize nor remember. While it might be an annoying process, go through the list of your phone’s saved networks and tell it to forget the ones that you are unlikely to use on a regular basis.

Third, refrain from connecting to public networks that you are uncertain of their security. These primarily include open connections that are not password protected from places like public transportation hubs or city center networks. Beware though even from Wi-Fi connections at places like our favorite cafes where every customer can ask for the password. If you are unsure of who has access to the network, the make sure to exercise extra caution.

Finally, it is essential to remember that our data security is dependent on us alone. Take that extra few seconds to think about the potential risks that you are opening yourself up to the next time you see your phone asking you to connect to an open network and weigh out the possible dangers that you may be exposing your data to before clicking join.

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