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Due to lack of security your mobile can become a victim of a virus attack. So, it is highly recommended to follow the best safety guidelines while using your phone, especially when using it in public places. While it would not guarantee a cent percent protection against the security issues, you can enjoy the maximum safety against various viruses. Here are some of the major security tips that you should seriously follow if you want to keep your phone free from malicious viruses:
Don’t download apps from unidentified/uncertified sources
Google Playstore and Appstore carefully scrutinize each app before making them available for the download. Though it does not guarantee 100% safety against the malware, it certainly offers a thick layer of security against viruses and malicious bots.
Various third-party app stores are motivated by their vested interests and don’t even check the viruses before displaying them available for download. Some stores even go the length of luring you by offering free versions of the paid apps that is the fake version with a similar interface. It could be a trap to quickly get your personal information and highly sensitive data like payment and security card details.
Even if such apps stores don’t have any malicious motive, the security loopholes make them a great option for the smart hackers to steal/misuse your information and inject the harmful virus to your phone.
Check security certificate before visiting a site
Browser is another favorite platform for the smart hackers to inject the virus into your android. They use the unsecured websites as the vehicles to carry harmful viruses and release it to your android phone when you open them. In fact, due to small font text and quick operations many users are not particular about checking the HTTP status before allowing the site to load while others may unintentionally instruct their phone to ignore the threat by clicking messages like “cancel”, “ignore” or “proceed anyway” button.
Remember that any information you share on unsecured (i.e. HTTP) websites is shared as a plain text and could be misused if it is stoles through data in transit attacks.
However, the secured SSL websites (With HTTPS) are encrypted any information you share with them that means that your plain text will be converted into humanly undecipherable codes and thus could not be misused by the hackers. So it is highly recommendable to check for HTTPS in the site’s URL before opening any site in your browser. For the same reasons, it is also advisable to avoid using new or unknown browsers promising you a faster speed or better experience.
Use reputed Antivirus apps
Antivirus apps are especially designed to thoroughly examine the apps residing on your mobile as well as the ones that you are going to download from other resources. They notify you against the suspicious apps or the ones that contain harmful elements and also prevent the viruses from them from hurting your phone even if you download such apps.
These apps are regularly updated with the latest security enhancements and improved capabilities to keep your phone free from the risk of the latest threats and fix the latest security issues.
One thing worth mentioning here is that many hackers might also use fake anti-malware apps to invade your phone. So, its recommendable t steer clear of new or unknown names and always relies on the top brands like Norton MacAfee Kapersky, etc.
Avoid public WiFi
The public WIFI is popularly used by the people t access the net especially through their phones. However, this WIFi doesn’t have a mechanism to authenticate the users thus attracting the hackers to steal your data or release the malicious virus in you hone through the security gaps in the network connection. The best way to prevent such instance is not to use public Wif for connection
Create strong password
Weak passwords are the major reason behind a large number of hacking and data theft instances. Many mobile users opt for the easy to remember the password that is related t their pubic profile like bike number, mobile number or company’s name.
Such a password isn’t difficult to guess of these smart hackers. Besides, the use of AI and other advanced tools and bots have made the thing even easier for them. If you don’t want to use the long and complex password on your mobile phone then you may also go for the fingerprint sensor, faceLock, and other biometric details.
It would not only save from the hassles of creating and remembering a long and complex password but will also offer you n improved security due to the uniqueness of biometric data.
To keep your phone free from the viruses, you would need to strictly follow a well-defined security schedule while using your phone. It would b a wise thing t prepare a detailed security checklist and actively using it to ensure that you are following the best security strategy while using your phone.