These days, computers, smartphones and internet-connected gadgets have made our lives easier to the point where we’d be stuck without them.
We use them for one-stop payment, personal health, work, gaming, productivity, texting, tweeting, Facebook-checking machine and do just about everything, from mobile banking to paying our bills, sharing our location, to emailing out last minute notes on a project.
The flip side is the more we rely on them, the more data passes through them and potentially out of our control. Sadly, these devices are often poorly privacy protected, for example a 2016 study of Android devices showed a shocking 34% of users don’t even have a passcode set!
But whether it’s hacked browsers, petty thieves at the coffee shop, or your own tendency to lose electronics in cabs (hey, it happens to the best of us), using your gadgets as a centralized source for all of your information comes with big risks, and the more you’ve connected and stored, the more you stand to lose. In fact, in the last year alone, at least 7.1 million phones were lost or stolen
That’s bad news, not only for individuals but for countless businesses as well, particularly if they have BYOD policies, because each individual device and carrier really varies in their level of security.
Let’s take a look at few steps you can take to keep your device—and its wealth of personal data—secure.
- Set a password or passcode.
- Encrypt your computer and phone
- Use more secure internet browser
- Don’t click on suspicious links and use redirect checkers
- Use Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Stay away from open Wi-Fi Networks
- Use adblocker, block malicious attach and stop tracking
- Be selective with your apps
- Keep your software and apps up to date
- Remove unneeded apps and extensions.
- Keep your devices up to date
- Review which apps can access your personal data.
- Back up your device regularly
These steps are simple, quick, and yet go a long way to keeping your personal information safe. There are many security risks for our devices, and these risks will continue to grow along with the devices’ popularity. Protect your device, your data, and yourself by implementing just a few simple measures. Good luck, and stay safe.