Ten Steps to secure Android and iPhones
Ten Steps to Secure Android and iPhones:
1. Play with your phone – Spend time learning about its features and the security and privacy options on your new phone, not just once but also after you load apps see what changes.
2. Lock your screen – Use a password, PIN, finger print or pattern to lock your screen and prevent anyone picking up your mobile and reading texts, contacts and viewing your photos.
3. Control your network connections Turn off location, wifi, Bluetooth, location services and NFC when you aren’t using them. With practice it will be easy to do, it will help stop data from leaking and save your battery too!
4. Install security software on your phone. Yes, even iPhones can get nasty viruses. Security software also comes with extra useful features such app locking, whitelists, remote wipe your phone if it is stolen.
a. Security products Android: Avast, McAfee or Kaspersky
b. Security products iPhone: Avira, Avast or Intego
5. Use a password manager. This is an application that will generate, secure and save your passwords. Use a password manager that syncs with all your devices so you have access to all your online accounts whether you are on your pc or mobile
a. Password managers available on both Android and iPhone: LastPass or Keepass
6. Set-up two step authentication on Google, iTunes, iCloud, Facebook and any other app that will allow you. Two step authentication means that in order to change settings in the future it will send you a text code which makes it much more difficult for people to hack your online accounts.
Extras for Android
· Disable app downloads from unknown sources Go to the security under settings menu of any standard Android device. There is a check box that enables and disables installing ‘unofficial’ apps. You want to disable it so you don’t get unwanted malware.
· Use permission or privacy apps whenever you install an app it asks permission to use your data. It is supposed to be in order to run the app, but often it also gathers far more. Permission apps will allow you to see which apps are spying on you and help you manage your permissions.
Android permission apps: SnoopWall Privacy App or Clueful Privacy Advisor
7. Turn off geotagging on photos When you take a photo with a smartphone it puts data on the photo to say exactly where it was taken. If you send the photo with that in it, anyone can find out where it was taken and therefore possibly where you are too. You will find an option to turn off geotags under your Location or Camera settings
8. Turn off Screen notifications Besides draining your battery, it will flash updates on your screen from your email and other applications which can disclose information you would rather keep private.
9. Free Wifi can be risky because while you’re connected to the wifi, people can snoop on your device. So if you are using a free wifi service use a VPN (virtual private network) service which creates a secure connection online and keep your passwords and information safe.
a. VPN products for Android and iPhone: Tunnelbear, HideMyAss and Hotspot Shield
10. Don’t use social media apps whilst location services are switched on, otherwise your exact location can be shared automatically with other users and make you vulnerable
Getting rid of you old phone safely
Are you planning to pass on or sell your old phone? You will want to make sure you are only handing over the phone and not access to your accounts or photos.
· Back up all your data, including contacts
· Remember to remove the SIM card and any external storage such as a microSD card
· Keep the serial number of the phone on file for your records.
Iphone: Deleting information off the iPhone is easy and thorough:
Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings
Android phones: A reset can still leave data on your phone that can be recovered. If you have an Android phone you should encrypt your it and then do a factory reset.
Go to Settings > Encrypt phone > go back to Settings > backup & reset > reset phone