How to Protect Your Digital Data from Hackers and Snoops
If you are a mobile user, then hackers and snoops may already have your data in their sights, patiently waiting for the opportunity to steal it from right under your nose. We might be sounding like a broken record for saying this, but we just can’t emphasize enough on the gravity of the threat these malicious elements pose to your data. They are well aware of the kind and amount of data mobile users typically store on their trusted device, so they pursue it with extreme determination. If you are beginning to panic after reading all this, then it means that you’ve finally begun to realize just how serious the matter is. Now that you’ve reached this point, we’re going to share some of the most effective measures you can take to keep hackers and snoops away from your mobile data. Read carefully instead of simply skimming through it.
Reinforce Your Digital Defenses Using VPN
This may seem like an odd suggestion, but virtual private network (VPN) really is without a doubt one of the most effective and reliable ways to keep hackers and snoops at bay. Every time you go online from your mobile device, you make yourself susceptible to myriad digital threats. These include:
- Identity Thieves
VPN offers you a solid defense against all these threats by not just masking your IP address so that your identity and location remains hidden, but also uses encryption protocols to convert your data into an unreadable form. Only users with the right public key can read your data, thus rendering interception by malicious elements harmless. You can easily find the top iOS and best Android VPN apps of 2016 by checking out different tech blogs.
Keep Your Mobile Screen Locked and Set a Secure Password
This is one tip that you’ll probably find in every mobile security guide, which is a good enough proof of its importance. Keeping the screen of your phone inaccessible by activating auto-lock and setting a secure password will really frustrate snoops, who can be anyone from an insecure partner and annoying colleague, to an irritating sibling or a joker friend. It will prevent them from sneaking into your device while your back is turned. Be careful not to share the password with anyone because pretty much anyone can turn into a snoop depending on the circumstances, and no, your relation with them has got very little to do with the degree of threat they pose to the security and privacy of your data.
Exercise Due Vigilance Online
Ever since the advent of internet, this advice is being given, yet there are still so many people out there who are not paying enough attention to it and repeating the same mistakes religiously. While surfing the web, you must NEVER do the following:
- Tap on suspicious links
- Visit sites flagged by Google
- Download from fishy sites
- Share personal or financial information online
- Visit porn sites (or at least avoid the low-quality ones)
By avoiding the aforementioned online behavior, you are unlikely to encounter any major security or privacy threat during the web surfing sessions on your mobile. Negligence on your part can lead hackers and other digital threats right on your device and
allow them to feed on your data like it’s a free buffet.
Avoid Tinkering with Device Firmware
Last but not the least, avoid rooting your Android or jailbreaking your iPhone. Yes, we understand device freedom is very tempting, but that freedom comes at a price. Google and Apple have gone through great pains to make their mobile OS secure. By tinkering with the software, you pretty much make their efforts go down the drain. If you think you’ll later get free help or repair from the manufacturers later on, then you’re in for a disappointment. Stock firmware is always the safest route to take. Remember to install the latest updates as soon as they become available and you’ll be just fine.