Using Device Encryption to secure Cellphones and their vulnerabilities:

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Mobile phones are a blessing, no doubt in that. They’ve been with us for quite some time and so far they haven’t seen any stressing competition in terms of making them extinct. The same cell phones actually came and replaced the local landlines but they haven’t faced any similar condition…. As of yet.

These devices are now enabled to do multiple tasks single handedly and is dependent on anyone. Devices like notebook to write notes, calculator, flashlight etc. all are now being used and equipped through these smartphones. What else? These devices also carry our data for us and doesn’t force us to carry USB drives or flash drives. Files like PPT presentations, word docs, etc. are easily accessible through these devices. This generates attention for the prying eyes who seek to access your phone in search of confidential docs, files, account numbers etc.

You wouldn’t even know when someone enters your device and leaves with the fruit while you would only get aware once you see some unauthorized activity happening in your account.

Put a lock on your phone:

It may sound simple but most of the people still don’t do it and end up facing ransom issues that arise from ransomware.  Trust the fact that you are more likely to get into trouble by getting your pockets picket and if you hadn’t putted a password, than you could only pray. Make sure the pin or pattern you use isn’t too guessable. You can google a few top techniques of setting the hardest password or pin.

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Device encryption:

What if the next person who wants to hack you isn’t the average user but is a specialized agent of the government. You wouldn’t want that right? Exactly. Here, only encryption and its experimented standards can act as a border between the two extreme ends. Know that the best encryption programs or data encryption softwares are equipped with 256 bit encryption which is deemed to be perfect. If however, you find a tool that is using an older version of encryption i.e. blowfish or two fish, avoid it or simply ignore as those versions are at the declining stage.

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Turn off the connections when not in use:

In case if you aren’t using the connections like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, it is better for you to turn them off. It does not only save the batter life of your device but also prevents anyone from connecting to your device without your consent. Know that these connections are a gateway to the prying eyes and you should never open such a path for them.

Use the cloud:

If you are running out of space in your phone, try using a memory card or go for the cloud. This option is only viable to be used when you’re running out of space in your device. However, it does benefit you to recover your data in case if you lose your device or get your hard drive corrupted.

Get rid of those silly apps you no longer use:

Know that apps consume a lot of space and battery on your phone. Even if you do not use those apps, a certain percentage of battery would diminishing because of those apps. Hence, if you got an app that you no longer use, uninstall it, free up the space and prevent the irrelevant ads from popping up again.

The verdict:

Heads up, your phones aren’t safe. But you know that already, in fact you knew that from the beginning. But the worst case scenario is that we as users do not do anything even when we are well aware of everything that is going on around us. Hence, make sure your devices stays in safe hands in order to avoid any distress.

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