We live in a connected world where our mobile devices connect to the Internet almost all the time. The problem with this of course is that it opens us up to all kind of security issues that can lead to such things as data theft, and even worse our identities used for nefarious means.
With that in mind we’ve decided to put together a number of ways to keep ourselves prepared and protected while on the move:
Understanding the Vulnerabilities
The first thing we need to do is understand what the vulnerabilities of our devices are. These issues aren’t just with cell phones, but with Android tablets. If we don’t protect ourselves then these devices may share details that we don’t want them to.
The first thing to consider is just what information you have stored on your phone, consider that for a moment…there is lots. Imagine if somebody walked off with your phone, how many numbers do you store on there, how much data about yourself? That is the problem. So the first rule is to keep your hands on your devices and never let them leave your sight.
Protecting our Devices
1. Strong passwords – This goes without saying, but in a world where passwords are often too easy to be secure, we tend to not put the thought into secure passwords. Spend time on your password and make one that is fully secure (at least 8 characters, a combination of numbers and letters, and even symbols). Also, be sure to change it at least every 6 month.
2. Don’t Tamper with Security Settings – It may seem a good idea to relax security sometimes, because of course “you know best”. The truth is though the security settings that are set as default on Android and Apple devices tend to already be secure, so leave them alone.
3. Just Because You Pay for Access Doesn’t Make It Safer – If you pay for access to a Wifi network in a public place, this does not mean it is secure as a home network. Remember others are sharing this network, and could hijack your data. Never let your guard down when it comes to security.
4. HTTPS Actually Means Something Good – We often don’t take notice of the “HTTP” and “HTTPS” on the beginning of URLs but HTTPS is actually something good. This means that the website and the services it provides are secure and encrypted. It adds to the security you can expect, but still be aware it is not perfect.
5. The Security of a VPN – Virtual Private Networks offer a level of security that is highly recommended. There are some drawbacks to these services but find the best VPN for Android to suit your needs and you can be much more confident that you are using your device in a more secure manner.
The key to security is to take measures to protect yourself (like with a VPN) and to be vigilant of the dangers not only in the real world, but also online. Protect yourself from these dangers and you can feel safe that your devices are much more secure when you are traveling.