Got a new smartphone or tablet?
Definitely the best feeling ever is unboxing a brand new digital gadget.
But have you thought about your smartphone’s security? Have you worked on protecting it from the outside with a screen guard and a phone cover? Worked on protecting it from the inside? Are you scratching your head by what do I mean from inside?
I agree these are way too many questions but many of us do not know about the complications a smartphone or tablet may go through in its internal configuration once it gets into usage. Also, when a smartphone is out, it gets into many hands. Your sibling wants to play games, your mom wants to watch a youtube video, and this goes on.
Your privacy is no more private in such a scenario. Not only this, there are so many cyber criminals out there who are looking for easy targets to land on. They steal crucial information and then can misuse it to any extent.
This is why smartphone and tablet security is a basic necessity in this age. You literally cannot risk leaving your smartphone unattended without any security measures. This is why I have listed below some easy steps which can secure your phone. Do check them out.
Easy Tips and Tricks to Secure your New Smartphone and Tablet
Use a screen lock
It always has to be step one when you buy a new smartphone or a tablet. Screen is the first thing someone comes in contact with and it is the gateway someone can enter your phone or tablet. Hence, it is always a good idea to lock your screen using a pin, password, or pattern. The new age smartphonesand tablets are coming with fancy screen lock system as finger impression or face recognition. No wonder, if the next generation smartphones come with retina recognition(wink!). You can easily find option in the privacy tab of setting menu of your smartphone.
Download App Lockers
There are plenty of app lockers available for Android smartphones and tablets that one can download for free of cost from the google play store while iOS lacks this benefit. These app locks are just so perfect to protect sneak peek of your parents, friends or siblings into your private space. Furthermore, it prevents the misuse of some apps like the social media apps specially. These days, the developers are coming up with highly effective app lockers that can protect your device no matter what. Some of these apps even click the photo of the intruder who is trying to get into your device. Isn’t that amazing?
Download security enhancing apps
No matter how far the technological advancements reach, security is always something that cannot be ignored. To make your phone completely out of the reach of the cybercriminals, it is always a good idea to use an antivirus app or use phone cleaner app. Both are good but my vote goes to a cleaner app. It is because these apps are usually the optimization apps that look into multiple issues on your phone including security. While a plain antivirus app may just secure your phone, nothing more than that.
Use only the Trusted Apps
Since there are uncountable apps available for smartphones, using any random app can make you pay a heavy price. No, not in terms of money but in terms of leaking your private and personal information. There are apps that just pretend to be working for a specific task but in reality they dig your personal data on your phone and store it on their servers which is obviously a privacy breach. However, on a daily basis, Google Play protect is working to fish out these apps from its platform, but still its on your own wit to use the correct app. One way of doing so is to check user reviews, number of downloads, and ratings. Make sure you download the apps from trustable sources. For being secure of this issue, you can head to your settings and turn off ‘Install apps from unknown sources’. Also, finding about the developer can help in such a case.
Never Miss out on Updates
System updates and app updates may take a lot of your time and data but these are totally worth it. The developers usually fix bugs and glitches. Furthermore, there are security patches in a software or app update. Keeping the older version on your phone may not be a strong idea as it is more prone to virtual dangers. Updating your phone may save you from such a danger and you will discover more functionalities on the updated device. Hence, it is a sure shot great idea to update your phone on a regular basis.
Oh! One pro tip: Reduce the auto-lock timing on your phone to the minimum. This will not let anyone get into your phone, if in case.
So, this was all about the easiest ways to secure your new smartphone and tablet. Remember, your security is in your hands. So be cautious and follow these steps as soon as possible. Leave no stone unturned to protect your brand new smartphone or tablet. Be a wise user. If you get to know about other easy tricks or tips, hit me up in the comments section!