It isn’t only famous people who need to worry about keeping the data stored on their phones secure. With the rise of ransomware attacks, the worry that private data could be stolen from your phone has never been more evident. Anyone who has ever had their credit card information stolen will tell you just how much of a nightmare it can be. With so many of us using our phones for everything from planning a night out to checking our online banking, it’s never been more important to make sure that your private data stays private. If you’re new to IT security or just need a refresher course, here are three ways to keep your data secure on-the-go.
Encrypt Your Device
A lot of people assume that adding a password will protect your information if you are ever separated from your device. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. If you ever lose your phone or laptop, it isn’t hard for thieves to access the information stored on the memory card. By encrypting your device instead of just adding a password, you will ensure that the data will be useless without your password.
Be Careful Where you Connect
It’s instinct to try to connect to any free WiFi network available, particularly when you don’t have any data left on your plan. Some sites even advocate getting around logins by changing the URL structure to confuse the password protection. This is a terrible idea and you should only ever connect to a network that you know and trust. Even when you arrive in a coffee shop you should always check if you’re using the right network before connecting.
Use Two-Step Verification
For added peace of mind, add two-step verification to all of your important logins. This means that, if your laptop is ever stolen, for example, the thief won’t be able to access things like your email, online banking or online documents. Two step verification works by asking for you to input a second password that is only accessible from another device that you own.
Switch to the Cloud
If you’ve ever stored pictures in your Gmail account, you’re already familiar with the cloud. This form of remote storage allows you to access your files when you want, but doesn’t store anything on the device. This means that if your device is ever stolen, you can simply change the password and all of your photos, videos and files will be safe. Switching to hosted cloud computing is also a great way to ensure that you can always access everything you need on the go without having to fill your phone’s memory.