We all agree that smartphones have revolutionized social life in a great way. We use them to communicate with family members and friends across the world. As you might guess, most smartphone users are careless with how they use these important gadgets in their daily lives. They tend to forget that this important gadget can also be very dangerous to them too.Want to know the pitfalls that you should avoid? These are the most common mistakes that smartphone users should beware to keep their device free from potential cyber-attack or worse.
Most people never understand why it’s dangerous to connect our smartphones to free insecure public Wi-Fi as they are vulnerable to hacking. Hackers may get access to your financial passwords and use them to withdraw money from you bank account or online accounts like PayPal. Many smartphone owners also ignore the dangers of not installing antivirus in their smartphones. They work in a pretty simple way and scan to flash out the virus. Much like you home PC, firewall protection is a must- but this doesn’t change just because you device isn’t plugged into an internet cable. It’s very simle for hackers to trace a mobile signal through a manner of deviously simple methods. These kinds of viruses are dangerous to the smartphone because they may erase data and memory from the phone itself. Another method that’s used come from app install pop-up windows- that allow a hacker to infiltrate you phone memory to search for information that can ultimately hurt you in the long run. Another common mistake is not switching your Bluetooth off- when you’re done sharing files. Hackers may get access to pins and passwords to access to your financial information and data.
An astounding number of smartphone users forget to log out of social media sites. Some people even save their passwords to their phone for any variety of financial websites. This is very dangerous especially when your smartphone is stolen, since the thief in turn may steal from your financial accounts at the click of a button! Clicking on unknown and unverified links sent via SMS or emails is another popular method used by scammers. Such links may be sent by certain cyber criminals who want to steal money from the smartphone account or worse. This can include stealing information, passwords, and even the identity of those who weren’t aware it could happen to them… Downloading and installing apps from Google Play or Apple store without verifying the download requirements is a sure way to get infected with a potentially sneaky app virus. While these sites do their best to screen these apps before they go public, it becomes the task of smartphone owners to review the information of an app that isn’t a trusted developer. Especially the copycat games or tools that look like the popular brands everyone else is downloading. Smartphone users must be smarter than the app itself, so that leaves plenty to research to determine the possible dangers involved with that app. What makes these apps so dangerous is they may allow third party operators to spy on your data and financial information. Not that mainstream apps don’t already do this, the legitimate ones have encoded registration and passwords which keeps your information more private from would-be online threats.
Not setting the screen lock password is very dangerous for a smartphone in general. With most unsuspecting victims, it makes it too easy for unauthorized access to important financial information and data from those who handle your phone without you knowing it. Be smart and make sure the screen lock is not a simple line configuration or sequence will also keep other from guessing your password too. Be sure to ignore updates from apps that inform you of some kind of repair that needs attention. These apps update links are Trojan horse viruses which may be used by hackers to send bugs into smartphones, which allows them hack the smartphone easily after that. It’s a simple backdoor trick used by hackers and happens more often than you might imagine. Posting photos in social media platforms while the location settings are on is very dangerous too. This may give hackers and cyber spies the exact information on your whereabouts, thus giving them a chance to kidnap, rob or break into their homes at a later date and time. Worst of all is that most of us charge our smartphones overnight. However, they tend to overcharge, which is bad for the battery lifespan and may result into explosion. Removing the charging cord after the battery has fully recharged will greatly reduce this risk. And everyone knows that taking and sending nudes is very common with teens. The problem is that they may eventually be posted online and become viral, and we all know the shame that could come with this if your pictures get into the wrong hands is someone decides to share them with devious friends…