4 Easy Steps To Protect Your Mobile Devices from Unwanted Access in 2021 by Asia Top Investigation
As we begin to rely more on our mobile devices on a daily basis, more and more information (some personal) are being stored in them. This can be used for good in cases such as the example written in this article from The Guardian that says that Police take too much data from victims' phones.
Because almost everyone carries a smartphone, tablet or laptop these days and relies heavily on these devices to store and function, we tend to forget how much personal data gets logged into these devices.
Naturally, authorities and criminals who want access to our personal information would target our smart devices to gain knowledge of our personal information. At Asia Top Investigation, we've written a list of 4 easy steps you can take to increase the security of your mobile phones:
1. Protection from Phishing.
Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, or other sensitive details by impersonating oneself as a trustworthy entity in digital communication.
Although more commonly found in emails, smartphone phishing has been on the rise. To prevent falling victim to a phishing scam, you should not open any unknown files, attachments, or messages that you received which could potentially be malicious. These call to actions (opening or clicking on a link from an unknown source) allows these third party access to information of your device, and in some cases, they may even be able to control your device from another location e.g. sending a message that seems to be coming from your phone to someone else.
2. Protection from Unauthorized Recordings
It's a proven fact smartphone and smart home devices like the Google Home and Amazon Alexa is listening to our conversations. The purpose is to customize ads according to the user's preferences and the request (and approval) was hidden when setting up these devices.
Unsurprisingly, this sparked a great debate on whether is this is ethical or not as most of us don't even realise this is happening in the background.
"When you think about it, smartphones are equipped with an arsenal of monitoring equipment: multiple microphones and cameras are designed to absorb audio and video. While these tools may be useful for creating media, they are also a goldmine for advertisers." - Fox News
To prevent this, be alert when you're speaking about something sensitive. Sometimes, smart devices make weird alert sounds when recording. However, to be safe, hide any devices with microphones such as your laptops, tablets, smartphone, and smart home devices when you're about to have a private conversation just to be safe.
3. Low Battery Warning
If your smartphone battery's new or in optimal condition, but you're experiencing fast depletion of your battery, it could be a sign that your device is running an unknown application in the background that's consuming the battery life faster than usual. This is a strong indicator that someone else is monitoring your phone thereby using its resources to run that app and collecting information.
To prevent this, save all your important information only and do a factory reset of your phone. Then, import all the data back into your newly set up phone and monitor its battery life again after. It should be performing more efficiently with the unknown app in the background gone.
To do a factory reset, follow these instructions here:
4. Protection From System Updates
Another sign that your phone is being compromised is in a situation when you receive some strange software updates, especially from a third -party. Some reports of smart devices being compromised include receiving multiple Operating System (OS) updates in a short period of time.
To prevent this, be sure that your OS's update is up to date by Google's when is the latest version update release and version number. When in doubt do not update your OS or at least wait till it's widely adopted then do the update.
If you suspect that your mobile devices is been hack. You might want to consider seeking professional help. You can also contact Asia Top Investigation at 96511969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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