For those who haven’t heard of phone hacking, it’s a real thing and your personal information is at risk. No matter which Android phone model you have, hackers can steal data from your phone or inject a malware. Mobile programming is very similar to web programming and hackers are experts in programming. A seemingly harmless app can make your phone vulnerable to malicious attacks. Just like PC, your phone also needs antivirus software to fight against hacking. Here we discuss some steps to protect your phone from hacking attempt.
Lock your phone
Locking your phone will reduce chances of misuse. Although this is a preliminary step and it won’t offer much protection from a hacking attempt, it will, however, prevent misuse.
Turn automatic updates on
Android phones have this setting turned on by default, but many people turn it off as it affects performance. This is a big mistake because your firmware needs to be up to date to protect you from security threats.
Activate location services
Location services consume memory, so people tend to keep it off. But if you remove unwanted apps from your phone, then there would be more than enough memory left for location services to run smoothly. Android device manager relies on location services to trace your phone using IMEI. There are also online tools for locating Samsung phones by IMEI, see Samsung IMEI Info here. This is helpful in case your phone is lost or stolen and you want to prevent hackers from accessing your data.
Install apps only from trusted sources
This is probably the most important thing you can do to prevent hacking. Downloading apps from Samsung store is the safest. If you are going to install apps from third-party sites, ensure that the app has many installs with positive reviews from other users. Hackers exploit shady apps to inject a virus or steal data, so you should be very careful about what you install. An easy way to tell if the app is malicious is if it asks for access to personal information during install.
Do not respond to messages from unknown sources
This is another way that hackers use to capture data from your phone. They will send you a bait message containing some link. If you click the link, the hackers will also receive personal data from your phone. This method has been widely used on the web for years but now hackers have started exploiting it on smartphones too.
Avoid connecting your phone via unsecured WiFi
This kind of threat is common on PC & Laptop and your antivirus software will trigger a warning the moment you try to connect your phone to an unsecured connection. Android phones also have this vulnerability. Hackers only need an access point, doesn’t matter if it is via internet or SMS.