TechTalkTuesdays

It’s really not surprising to know that there is a percentage of internet users that presume that their smartphones can’t be hacked or exploited just like computers. Not many people pay attention to smartphone security even though mobile phones are the most vulnerable devices we own. Installing a mobile VPN will help keep users’ data encrypted at all times.

Smartphones carry millions of pieces of information about us, from photographs to passwords to financial credentials etc… It is crucial to encrypt this data and mask IP addresses to stay hidden from hackers and third parties. It is especially important to use a mobile VPN every time you connect to a public network.

Try the Two-Step Verification

People often neglect the importance of two-step verification systems. Most users disable this feature because it might get frustrating if you are in a rush. However, two-factor authentication can significantly increase the security of data and accounts online.

Once the user activates a two-factor authentication system, they need to enter an additional code from their phone after logging in with their original credentials. Many popular social media networks and services encourage using 2FA (two factor authentication). This type of authentication makes it far more difficult for hackers to gain access to people’s accounts.

Beware of scammers

Anti-virus programs and double verification systems can’t do much for users who are unaware of common scamming tricks. It is very easy to fall for such tricks because scammers make up their stories and 99% of the time, these stories are believable! They often use phishing tactics and create websites that look like original brands to gain information from people.

It is critical to stay cautious whenever someone asks you for any piece of information about yourself. Do not reveal any personal data to strangers or people who present themselves as members of ”large organizations”. Always check with the real source before you engage in any further conversations.

Oversharing on social media is a disservice to yourself

Many social media users are not aware of the dangers that come with oversharing on their profiles. Let’s not forget that social media accounts are open to the public even though some sites like Facebook have privacy settings that allow users to lock their profiles.

However, anyone can easily create a fake account and pose as one of the user’s friends to send a friend request and gain access to their information. In other words, social media is not a safe place to reveal personal data.

Update Systems and Programs Regularly

It’s important to regularly install all system updates and keep programs up to date as well. System updates might be annoying to install but they play a crucial role in the overall security of the device. Each update carries important fixes, and changes that improve security systems.

A device that’s not regularly updated will remain vulnerable and easy to hack through. Therefore, never skip another system update again! To make things easier, turn on the automatic updates feature, so you don’t have to worry about missing any changes. Besides updating the system, make sure to check whether the anti-virus software and other programs are up to date.

Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology.

Rekah

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