The internet today is swarming with cybercriminals and hackers who are constantly on the lookout for victims with vulnerable systems and devices. Although the threat of cybercrime may be larger than ever, consumers have access to many effective protection measures. In this security advisory, we will go through the comprehensive security checklist designed by Kraken to help you keep your mobile phone safe from cyber threats.
Phone Security Best Practices
Securely configuring your phone and following best practices is the first step in making sure you’re using your device safely.
1. Set a strong device password
Creating a strong password is a basic but important security measure: make sure your password is unique, not easy to guess and contains a random mix of letters, numbers and special characters.
2. Enable auto lock
Auto lock is a feature on your device that sets a time limit for your phone to automatically lock after it has been idle for a set period of time. It is strongly recommended that you set it up to a short amount of time.
3. Turn off app memory
Most devices have a setting that will remember your information when you close an application. This convenience makes it easier for attackers to gain access to your data. Make sure you disable this feature on your device.
4. Download only from official app stores
Malicious apps are a real threat, so it’s important to only download apps from the official app stores (e.g. Google Play and Apple App Store).
5. Enable two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a feature on your device that requires you to provide two pieces of verification when logging in. This gives you an extra layer of protection and reduces the chance of a hacker compromising your account.
6. Regularly back up your data
In the event of unexpected data loss, it is essential to have a full backup of your device. This will allow you to easily restore your data. Cloud-based backup services are available and can be used to securely back up your device.
7. Install trusted security apps
It’s important to download security apps that can detect and block malicious attacks. There are several mobile security solutions available, so make sure you do your research and choose one that offers comprehensive security features.
8. Install the latest software updates
Regularly checking for and installing software updates is the best way to ensure your device is up to date and kept secure.
Phishing is a type of cyber attack that uses malicious emails, text messages and phone calls to try and gain access to personal information. Here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from phishing scams:
1. Verify the sender’s identity
When you receive an email, text message or phone call from someone claiming to be associated with a company, take a moment to verify the sender’s identity before responding.
2. Beware of suspicious emails and links
Be wary of emails and links that look suspicious or ask for personal information. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
3. Do not respond to unknown senders
If you receive an email or text message from an unknown sender, delete it immediately and do not respond.
4. Do not trust emails with attachments
Be careful when opening attachments, as they can contain malicious malware or viruses. If the sender is not someone you trust, delete the email and do not open the attachment.
By following the steps laid out in this security checklist, you can significantly reduce the risk of cyber threats on your phone. It is important to stay informed and to be aware of the latest threats, so make sure you keep checking for updates on Kraken’s security blog.
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