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Worried about your phone safety? Tips to keep your smartphone safe

Know some top tips to protect your smartphone from hackers and cyberattacks.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Dec 25 2021, 16:33 IST
Smartphone
Updating the security software of the device can enable you to operate your phone away from the potential risk. (Pixabay)

There used to be a time when your phone was just a device for communication, but with time your smartphone has become an essential element of life. From business, shopping, communication, banking, studying to entertainment, the smartphone is involved in almost everything. According to Pew Research Center, on average, phone users check their devices more than 50 times a day. The excessive use of smartphones has made it more accessible to online hackers or fraudsters to make you the target of a malicious act. Here, we have listed 5 ways to keep your smartphone safe from any malicious attack.

Check your wireless

We all seek wireless networks, whether it's WiFi at work or at home, or a mobile hotspot. Any device that can transport data over the airwaves is a potential security risk. The first rule is to always turn off a wireless connection when it's not in use; this prevents malicious parties from connecting to your device without your awareness. When it comes to utilizing this access, wireless hotspots and unknown networks pose the most risk.

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Protect your calls

Your device can be in danger while taking phishing calls, and you must have been receiving such calls. Solution? Burner and Firewall are two apps that safeguard your phone from hackers, unwanted salespeople, and callers. Burner protects your personal information by generating fresh phone numbers that can be used for as long as you want. Meanwhile, iOS users may use Firewall to send unwelcome calls directly to voicemail without even hearing them ring.

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Caution with applications

While downloading new software from the Play Store, you will need to pay attention to the permissions this software asks you to give upon install. Similarly, you need to look at the permissions that you are allowing while visiting a new website on your browser.

Don't forget to update software update

No matter how much you ignore updating or downloading software updates, this is one of the safest ways to keep your device free from the risk of getting attacked. Additionally, the security software can enable you to operate your phone away from the risks and, if it has GPS capabilities, can display you the location of a device if it is lost or stolen, in addition to providing more typical virus, spam, and firewall security.

VPM is a safer side

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, allow you to connect to a private network over the internet in a safe way. It allows you to send and receive data over public or shared networks without it being visible to unauthorized users by assigning you a temporary IP address and hiding your genuine IP address from every website or email you connect with, the VPN keeps your data safe and confidential. Isn't it like a hidden secret place?

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First Published Date: 25 Dec, 16:27 IST
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