9 Tips To Protect Your Smartphones From Being Hacked

9 Tips To Protect Your Smartphones From Being Hacked

You may believe because your smartphones are safely kept in your pocket or bags, it cannot be hacked, but the truth is that it still risks catching a virus or exposing your data and information to hackers and thieves. This post will guide you on how block hackers from your phone.

We all that phones can be hacked remotely without hackers getting physical access to it. They do this to steal your personal information like pictures, credit card details, and so much more. Also, they may just infect your device with malware.

The questions many smartphone users ask are: “Can someone hack my phone and read my texts? Can someone hack my phone camera? Can someone hack my phone through WhatsApp? Can someone hack my phone by calling me? Can my iPhone be hacked through Wi-Fi? Can my phone be hacked via text message? Can someone hack into my phone and send text messages?”

Truly, all these above-mentioned questions are possible. Your phone number is all a hacker needs to read your text messages, listen to calls and track you. There are many tracking apps that would allow hackers retrieve, check and read text messages on any phone. One of these tools is mSpy which is a hacking spyware.

However, you can keep hackers away from your phone. 

The following steps will show you how to make sure your phone isn't hacked:


Step 1

Always lock your phone when not in use. Ensure you set a password and change it regularly to prevent others from guessing it. Lock patterns are an alternative if you have trouble remembering your password. Your phone may also have a facial-recognition lock feature. If this is on, the device unlocks only when the camera detects your face. Voice recognition is another option; with this turned on, your phone needs to hear your voice say a specific word or phrase to unlock.

Step 2

If your phone has a tracker capability, make sure you enable it. All iPhones and other smartphones support this feature; you can see its location on a map and track the device when it moves. If your phone is stolen or lost, use the tracker app to lock it remotely. This makes it harder for hackers to access your data. Here is a related article on how to track your missing phone.

Step 3

Check for your phone’s firmware updates regularly, and always update to the most current version. Many phones automatically do this by default, but if you have turned off this option, you will need to manually check and download the update. You can download the latest update directly from your phone. Alternatively, connect your phone to the computer and launch the software that came with the device. The application will connect to the download Web page and install the firmware on your phone.

Step 4

Install only trusted and secured apps on your, such as the manufacturer’s app store. Most official app stores verify the authenticity of their products, so they are much safer. Before downloading any app, read the description and reviews so you understand what you are getting. Do not download applications directly from websites. This is common among Android users who ignorantly avoid Google Play store. On iPhone, you can only download from App store.

Step 5

Check apps’ permissions before installing it. If a mobile application requests access to your personal information and you do not want to share or you don’t trust the app, do not install it or simply deny the request.

Step 6

Avoid leaving your phone alone in a public place, such as on a restaurant table or on your office desk. If you must leave the phone, keep it locked and hide it somewhere, such as in a drawer, to prevent theft.

Step 7

You should often delete text messages from unknown senders that ask for your information, and avoid clicking links in these fishy messages. Some hackers send messages that appear to be from your bank or another trusted source, and when you click the link provided in the message, you may have exposed your information to the hackers or have malware installed on your phone. Also, never download apps via text message; this is a common way for hackers to infect your device.

Step 8

Access the Internet only from a secure Wi-Fi network on your phone. Unsecured Wi-Fi networks allow nearby hackers to intercept your data when you get online. Refrain from doing any shopping or banking transaction on a public Wi-Fi network; hackers can swipe your bank account number or other financial information. Instant-messaging and other communications apps may contain security holes that allow hackers to snatch your personal data. If you have access to a cellular network, use it instead of public Wi-Fi.

Step 9

Protect your phone with an antivirus app. Check your phone’s app store to see what’s available for your device. Make sure to check reviews of anti-virus apps before installing them, as many can slow your phones processing speed.


Conclusion 

Hackers are everywhere to cause harm. Avoid these by following all the mentioned steps in this blog post. Share to your friends, family, and loved ones as well. Block your smartphone from hackers. 

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