“Your cellphone is you! Every day we add more and more information to your phone. Photos, apps, messages, password managers, bank accounts, social media, location…they’re all there, and the list goes on. Each day, your cell phone becomes a more complex digital representation of you, allowing thieves to exploit you with a combination of high-tech methods,” says Chris Worrell, Chief Privacy Officer of Privacy Bee.

 

Research shows that as many as 40% of cell phones are vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

 

There are several ways to protect your data on your cell phone and be keenly aware of the dangers.

 

For instance:

 

• Lock your home screen

• Use caller protection apps

• Avoid charging your phone in public ports such as libraries, coffee shops, airports, etc.

• Set up and use a two-factor authentication

• Update your phone’s software regularly

• Change your passwords often

• Purchase a Mobile Protection Plan (Verizon offers one in the N.Y. region)

• Avoid downloading suspicious mobile apps

• Don’t open or download links from suspicious emails, texts, or websites

• Don’t utilize non-secure Wi-Fi or URLs

• Download an anti-malware solution

• Encrypt your phone

• Back up your data

• Review access permissions

• Set up Find My Device and remote wipe features

• Avoid giving out personal information

• Log out of sites after you make a payment

• Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use

• Don’t trade in your old cell phone

• Wipe your device with a remote wiping app after getting a new phone

 

To further ensure your cell phone security, I have included several links to articles you may find helpful. 

 

• https://www.businessinsider.com/whatsapp-privacy-settings

addresses how to change your WhatsApp privacy settings

• https://www.businessinsider.com/enable-two-step-verification-on-telegram

explains how to enable two-step verification on Telegram to enhance your account security on the messaging app

• https://www.businessinsider.com/widgets-iphone

allows you to access widgets from the lock screen without having to unlock your phone first

• https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-secure-your-phone-before-going-to-a-protest-2020-6

tells you how to protect your cell phone if you attend an event

 

Since every bit of information fits in the palm of our hands, in our smartphones, we have to be aware of and learn how to mitigate the risk that mobile devices carry with them as cyber-attackers are targeting our most trusted accessory.

 

Although we can’t shred your cell phone for you when it’s time to get a replacement, FileBank can help you with document management security.