To help you protect your important data, we’ve listed out 5 ways that will make your phone more secure and protect it against malicious attacks.


  1. Update your software

Software updates aren’t designed to be a mild inconvenience, they are there to fix bugs or patches within the software. Usually software updates are designed to help run applications more efficiently but are also designed to fix any security loopholes or flaws that may have been found or exploited. These fixes ensure that access to your photos, bank details; contacts etc. remain secure and protected.


  1. Use a secure lock screen with pin code or swipe pattern

It is very rare for a smartphone user not to have some kind of basic password or swipe pattern on their lock screen.  While there are obvious benefits to having even a basic lock (or a thumb print recognition lock), some are not as secure as others. Android’s face lock might seem fun and quirky but certainly isn’t the most secure security system out there. Pattern and pin code locaks are some of the most secure but if you can handle the hassle, a full, alphanumeric password can be the most secure. Also ensure that your passwords are not visible and that when you enter your password, the characters, numbers and letters are hidden.


  1. Install Antivirus software.

One of the biggest threats to your mobile data can come from a virus. If you don’t download dodgy software then chances are low that you will fall victim to a malicious virus. However there is still a credible threat out there. The problem is less frequent in iPhones thanks to Apple’s strict settings in its app store. The open source nature of android leaves it more susceptible as malicious apps can be side loaded onto the device without being checked by Google.  In either case, it’s always better to install trusted antivirus software such as McAfee’s Multi Access virus protection. The cost of trusted antivirus protection such as McAfee is not that expensive at only £3 per month.


  1. Disable apps from an untrusted source and don’t root or jailbreak your device

To ensure you are fully protecting your data, try and avoid downloading and installing apps that aren’t found on the App store or Google Play Store. These apps tend to be the ones that are less secure.

Rooting your Android phone or jailbreaking your iPhone can also prove to be dangerous, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. This is because it breaks down your OS and provides you access to the basic code within and if you can get access, malicious code has an easier route to making changes too.


  1. Keep sensitive files off your phone

One final step in protecting your data is to not store any important, sensitive files on your device. Having sensitive files stored on your device may be more convenient but for that added layer of protection, consider storing your files on a secure SD card or even store it securely in a Cloud drive such as Box where you can access your files via your phone using a secure login. Be sure that you don’t allow the site to remember your login details from the phone to ensure that your account is not compromised. You can read more about Box cloud storage here.


To find out more about protecting your phone and data, contact your Account Manager or call: 028 9096 0366