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8 Key Mobile Data Protection Tips

Did you know that 70 million smartphones are lost each year? Only an alarming 7% are recovered.

If you lost your cell phone today is your data secure? Or will you be the victim of a data breach?

If you are here it means that the unthinkable happened to your cell phone, or you want to be ready if it happens to you. Want to get mobile data protection? But, don't know where to start?

Don't worry. We have you covered.

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Mobile Data Protection - Where to Start?

So before we get into how to get your mobile protected, we've to start at the beginning. Is your device Android or an iPhone? This might sound to you a bit one-sided. But, experts consider iPhones one of the most secure devices.

But, don't fret newer Android versions come with strong security features. Your cell phone can have the best security features. But, if you don't set them up properly it's as if they're nonexistent.

Everything will come down to covering your bases and putting in place your mobile data protection plan. Here are 8 key tips to keep your mobile data secure:

Encryption Is Your Best Friend

When it comes to encryption there isn't a one size fits all solution. Also not all cell phones are created equal.

iPhones encrypt your information when you lock your screen. Android phones have to be shut down for them to encrypt your data.

Data on iPhones is encrypted with a passcode, so cover your bases by checking you've it set up. Android phones work differently you've set up encryption for your phone on your security settings.

Don't Use Fingerprint Phone Unlock

Fingerprint phone unlock option was created to keep your data more secure. But, in some cases, federal agents can force you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint.

It's interesting that courts have determined that this practice isn't a violation of the Fifth Amendment, which protects against self-incrimination. While the feds can't make you turn over your passcode. We recommend you turn off the fingerprint phone unlock option because it's better to be safe than sorry.

Set up a Strong Passcode

If you own an iPhone, you're probably using a six-digit passcode already. But, you might not know that you can make your code as long as you like.

You can do this by choosing the custom numeric code option and choose the length you want. Also, there's the option to set your passcode as a custom alphanumeric code.

Think Twice Before Installing an App

So many apps are released every day. These might solve your problems, but at what cost? Many of them are free, but you must be paying for it some way.

Usually, it's with your data or maybe the ads you'll click on when you use the app. Every time you install an app, it asks for permissions to your data or phone's features.

Some may ask to access your contacts, camera, or even your phone dialer. We recommend that when you install an app, you pay attention to the permissions you give it. Because one app can drill a hole in your mobile data protection.

Secure Your Messaging

We know that text messages and phone calls can be wiretapped and intercepted at any time. Police can also use Stingrays or cell-site simulators to downgrade your cell connection. By using these devices, they'll downgrade LTE to non-encrypted channels so they can poke around your phone.

There isn't a way to prevent wiretapping or cell-site simulators. But, we can control the data that is generated when we send text messages.

This data is called metadata. It includes information about when, where and who you are talking too. Your metadata can say a lot about your life.

This information is used in government surveillance. We can limit the amount of metadata available. The first thing you need to know is that an email isn't as secure as a text message if you do it the right way.

You can do this by using an encrypted messenger. These apps usually have desktop versions available so you'll always have your messages available.

If you're an iPhone user, you'll be pleased to hear that iMessage is encrypted end-to-end. But, you aren't sure if the person you're texting has their phone secured.

Also, don't back up your messages on your iCloud because authorities can force Apple into turning in your information. We recommend you cover your bases by using an encrypted messenger and regularly do a local encrypted backup of your information.

Keep Malware Away

Android phones are vulnerable to malware. Because Google doesn't vet apps before releasing them on Google Play like Apple does.

Releasing apps on Google Play has been an easy way for malware creators to publish malicious apps. These apps range from games to fake versions of popular apps.

To keep malware away we recommend installing an antivirus and security app on your device. Do your own research before installing to make sure you are getting the best option for your device.

Secure Your Browsing Activity

Most people use their cell phones to browse the internet. Yet, at the same time you are looking out, there are many people that want to know what you are up to.

Ad networks track what you are looking at, and your provider will keep a log of your browsing history. Hackers will use this information to try to target you.

A way to secure your browsing is getting an internet browser that lets you surf the internet anonymously. Also, using secure sites will prevent hackers from modifying the web pages. While internet providers and the government won't see what web pages you visited on the domain.

Try to Use the Most Secure Network

We know that public networks are a big no when it comes to security. Because they lack security and are pretty much open anyone. Your account information, usernames, and password could be compromised when using public wi-fi.

We recommend you use your phone's data plan (4G or LTE) because it will be more secure. Also, you can use your phone as a hotspot for your other devices such as laptops or tablets to provide more security when you're out and about.

Wrapping It Up

Always be mindful of the data you've stored on your phone, and prepare for your worse cell phone security nightmare. A mobile data protection plan is a must in today's fast-moving era. Don't forget to set up yours in place to be prepared for any emergency or when the unthinkable happens to your mobile device.

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