Happy Sunday from TechPrePro! In this week’s edition of Smartphone tips, we talk about securing your smartphone from intending predators.
Just because you can do something, should you? We don’t think so. Hacking is a casual hobby for some hackers — they hack just to see what they can and can’t break into, usually testing only their own systems. Some are obsessive about gaining notoriety or defeating computer systems, and some have criminal intentions.
Here’s how to protect yourself against them, whether they come from opportunist thieves or sponsored spies.
10Keep up to date – and don’t open up holes yourself
When it comes to protecting yourself against hackers, step one is always to install software updates as soon as they become available: that’s as true on smartphones as it is on computers. Yes, updating can be a tiresome and intrusive process, and it sometimes brings annoying changes to the interface that you’re used to. All the same, a huge proportion of successful hacks exploit vulnerabilities that have already been patched; exposing yourself unnecessarily is just daft.
I’d also strongly advise against using unofficial tools to “root” your phone (known as “jailbreaking” on iOS), unless you know exactly what you’re doing. On a rooted phone, technical safeguards can be defeated, allowing apps to perform all sorts of actions that are normally prohibited – and that can include snooping on your personal data.
On a rooted phone, technical safeguards can be defeated, allowing apps to perform all sorts of actions that are normally prohibited – and that can include snooping on your personal data.