Almost everyone has a smartphone these days. They’re portable, convenient, and practical devices that connect us to people all across the globe. We have access to our social media accounts, e-mail, and all our apps anytime.
There have been a lot of misconceptions about mobile phones over the last few years, so here’s a quick summary on the top 5 myths you need to pay attention to.
Myth #1: You don’t need to update your phone with the latest patches
Keeping your phone updated is just as important as keeping your PC updated for various reasons. First, these updates constantly fix exploitable flaws in the system as well as security loopholes. They also fix any operating issues the phone may have due to bugs in the last update.
Myth #2: All applications from the App store and Google Play are safe
How free are those free apps? Next time you download an app, look at the data it collects on your phone. This can often be a shocking figure; most people are unaware that their games use any data.
These apps may appear legitimate and trustworthy, but many downloaded end up as additional software on your phone without your knowledge. They may collect data from your phone and in some extreme cases, even steal data.
Myth #3: Pins and passwords make your device completely secure
Although pins and passwords are very important in keeping your data secure, they don’t cover all the security risks.
You should always have some form of a password or pin, just be aware that they don’t cover all the hazards. If your phone isn’t updated to the proper operating system, there are patches it may be missing and bugs that are able to be exploited. Because of these imperfections, your phone may be at risk of being hacked into.
Myth #4: SMS is secure communication
Don't send it in an email, send it via text...it's safer right? That's false!
SMS messages aren’t encrypted, which means that anybody who knows how to access your phone remotely can access your private messages. SMS messages also stay in the phone’s memory as well as in the provider’s system, which can be hazardous since you don't always know who is on the other end.
Myth #5: Smartphones don’t need AV
It's just a phone… It does not need Antivirus. That's not true.
Your phone is basically a miniature computer. Browsing on the internet can put your phone at risk because many of the same viruses that impact computers can now infiltrate your phone from the web. Think of all the important information stored on your computer: contacts, email, banking apps, and more. These risks can all be avoided by installing AV on your phone.
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