Where would you be without your mobile device? As hard as it may be to admit (or fathom), it is likely that you are extremely dependent on your mobile device and all it does for you. After all, these days our portable technology is our constant companion; it keeps us organized, connected, and entertained. Our mobile devices also store a lot of very personal information about us, which is one of the many reasons we shudder over the thought of a lost or stolen smartphone, laptop, tablet, or PDA. Need some piece of mind when it comes to your sensitive data?
Here are some pointers for how to make sure your mobile device (and personal information) is safe:
1. Be choosy about what you store in your portable electronic devices.
Decide whether it’s really necessary that you store sensitive information in your mobile device before you put it there. This is the simplest and easiest way to protect information that you don’t want to inadvertently share. For example, do you really need to access your online bank account from your phone or can that wait until you are home?
2. Use an encryption service.
Protect sensitive files you do need to access from your mobile device with a service that will keep the information in code until you use a password to gain access to it. Explore options like VPN and TrueCrypt to find one that works for you. This will make it more difficult for third parties to hack into your phone in public places.
Your mobile device should be protected by anti-virus and firewall programs. Moreover, be sure to update these programs regularly (along with your browser and operating system) in order to keep them running smoothly and efficiently. In other words, don’t ignore the messages your phone sends you about needing to download updates.
4. Back up your data.
You should have an exact copy of everything on your mobile device hard drive, stored somewhere separate for safe keeping. You may use an external hard drive, USB stick, hard disk, or cloud storage to back up your data – it doesn’t matter what you use as long as you back it up.
5. Internet connection.
For wireless Internet, connect in the securest way possible. If only unsecured networks are available, then be sure to change your mobile device settings for optimal protection by turning off your printer and file sharing and disabling the setting that automatically connects to non-preferred networks.
6. Use a recovery app or software.
There are a number of options when it comes to recovering a mobile device from loss or theft. Download an app or software that will track your phone if need be, and that will lock it remotely if you need to prevent others from gaining access to your information.
As you can see, there are some simple steps you can take to protect all of the valuable information you have stored in your mobile device or VOIP phone service database. Follow these tips to keep your personal data safe and secure.