In this digital era, any small mistake – or no mistake at all – apps can turn you to be vulnerable to hacking attacks. So, learn how to protect yourself against hackers of any kind.
1. Avoid opening bridges yourself and keep all your apps updated
The very first stage towards self-protection against hackers is to update software as soon as their updates come to be available. This is as true for both smartphones, tablets and computers.
2. Don’t install every app that lands onto your fingertips
When installing an app, it will very often be you asked to grant various permissions, including the facility to read your files, access your camera, access your location, read your messages, or listen in to your microphone. Some use of these capabilities may be legitimate, but they are so often exposed to abuse. So, think twice before you press ‘’accept’’ button to approve these requests.
3. Carefully proceed to the assessment of what is already installed
Sometimes, apps may look simple and safe when you are installing them, but future updates can turn them into something more threatening. Take two minutes to review all the apps on your smartphone, and see which permissions they are using. On iOS operated devices, it is easy to find that kind of relevant information under Settings > Privacy.
On Android, it is more difficult to get an indication of which permissions do installed apps have, but can use some security apps that help a lot, including free packages from McAfee and Avast. These security apps can also give you alert if you try to install an app that is known to be malicious, and warn you if you are being tricked by a phishing attack in order to get you into entering a password into an untrusted webpage or app.
If you need to learn more about protecting your smartphone and your privacy/security, read this excellent article.
Watch also these instructive videos. Video number one explain some of the signs that will allow you to know if your phone has been hacked or not. Video number 10 explain to you how to protect yourself.