Here are seven tips to prevent your device from getting hacked:
- Update your device’s firmware to the most current version. Many phones do this automatically, but this option can be turned off. These updates provide the most secure software and can prevent breaches.
- Install only apps that come from a trusted source. Apple devices can only download from iTunes, but other platforms (like Android & Windows) have multiple stores where you can acquire apps.
- Lock your phone when you are not using it, and change the password on a regular basis.
- Keep your phone with you at all times, and avoid leaving it out alone in public places, like on a restaurant table or your office desk.
- Access the Internet on your device only from a secure Wi-Fi network. If the network is not secure, this is the perfect opportunity for a hacker to intercept your data, steal passwords and much more.
- Avoid clicking links in text messages. Some hackers send messages that look like they are from your bank or another trusted source. Don’t download apps via text messages; this is another common hacker trick.
- Install antivirus software. Just like your computer, there is also antivirus software for your smartphone or mobile device.