These days, it’s hard to imagine anyone using an old Nokia flip phone. They are still out there but they are highly overshadowed by smartphone sales. This translates into a highly connected society that doesn’t just check social media and take a lot of pictures but is now managing bank accounts and shopping from their phones. This calls for our society being very diligent in the security of their phone and finding ways to access data when that’s not an option on the phone.
A Picture Is A Thousand Words, Until You Can’t Access It
As smartphones improve in their functionality, we are seeing better and better cameras. Gone are the days of buying a separate camera for that big birthday or milestone wedding anniversary. Now everyone is taking out their phones and snapping really great shots that they can post to social media or send via text to other loved ones.
So what happens when you drop your phone in the toilet or it just stops working? Ideally, you are backing up your device into the cloud so that you can access those important photos. But many aren’t. Often when something does go wrong, they go to their phone store only to hear that the company can’t help and then they try to sell you another phone. In such a situation, you would need a mobile phone data recovery service. You will probably still need a new phone but at least you still have a way to save Grandma’s 90th birthday pictures.
Mobile phone data recovery is also excellent for saving any music or important documents you have downloaded to the phone and might want or need.
Ransomware Is Everywhere
Just a few months ago, Hacker News reported on how Android phones were targeted with ransomware. The hackers were pretty stealthy in sending a virus to specific victims and creating apps with malware that appeared to be legit applications. This is where the user needs to be stealthy. Firstly, always check the reviews. People who get malware from apps are quick to report them in the reviews section. If all looks fine, google the app and check to see if there have been any reputable reports on malware infections for that app. Also, be sure you understand application permissions fully. Don’t just accept; really read it and see if it’s appropriate for some of the access the app requires.
Simplicity Goes A Long Way
Sometimes the best ways to protect your phone is to use common sense and use the simplest of tools. Passcodes and lockscreens are your best friend and you should use them often. Make sure your passwords are complicated and something you can remember. Android device manager can be a fantastic useful tool that uses your Google account and can be accessed remotely. Especially helpful if your phone is lost or stolen because you can use GPS to locate your phone. Lastly, back up everything you can with a USB or mini SD card. No worries if they get corrupt, there are recovery programs for them as well!
The more we are proactive with our security in this high tech world, the more hackers are going to find ways to break into our systems. It’s your job to stay right on top of it and keep your peace of mind. Yes, it takes a bit of extra time but in the long run it will be worth it.