How to Secure your Mobile Devices and Protect Your Data

By Kat Kasel

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As our mobile devices become increasingly powerful, they are increasingly at risk. As a generation, we’ve come to expect incredible things from our smartphones and tablet computers. We want access to the Internet, access to our personal contacts, access to business information, along with a plethora of additional features like customized backgrounds, music, and applications.

These features are truly impressive feats of technology but it also means all our information is in the one place. This makes us easier targets than ever for hackers. Luckily, there are several ways to guard yourself and your information and reduce general vulnerability. It doesn’t usually require elaborate encryption methods to keep your data protected.

Read on for these three tips to keep your tablets and mobile devices safe and secure.

Password protect your devices

This might seem like common sense, but it’s easy to let this step slide. Many individuals would rather have the convenience of quickly and seamlessly turning on their tablet than taking 3 seconds to enter a password. But those three seconds could mean the difference between a secure mobile device and a vulnerable one. Next, it’s important to change your passwords regularly. If you have trouble remembering the difference passwords for all your differing profiles and logins, try a program like LastPass. It can organize all your passwords in one place and create original, hard-to-guess codes for your most private information.

Stick with the defaults

For most mobile devices running on iOS or Android operating systems, the default security settings are relatively secure. It’s only when you alter these settings that you increase the risk involved. Leave the default preferences in place unless you absolutely have to make an adjustment and you’ll be protected against the majority of risk.

Minimize your use of public networks

Sure, it’s great when there is free public wifi available, but this means bad guys can access the network as easily as you can. Though not foolproof, you’re better off logging in to WAP networks that require a username and password to access the Internet. Though hackers can still target these networks, the security settings make it slightly more difficult to gain permission. Be aware of your actions when you’re logged in to any network outside of your home or office and avoid banking or other sensitive behaviors.

It’s smart to strike a balance between convenience and protection. You want your tablet and smartphone to seamlessly retrieve and display information based on your surroundings, but you don’t want to make yourself a target. Follow these tips to protect yourself on a basic level and recognize that these methods of defense can keep your data reasonably secure.

About Kat Kasel
Kat is a freelance writer and media associate for a digital marketing company in Washington, DC. She loves reading and writing but 'rithmatic? Not so much.

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