Millions of people from around the world fell victim to a variety of data breaches during 2018 that saw their personal information being compromised significantly. Of these breaches, some of the most notable include the Facebook breach in March which affected more than 87 million records and the Aadhaar breach in January which allegedly compromised the personal information of all 1.1 billion users in India. With mobile security threats on the rise, it is of utmost importance to not only take heed of what threats are looming on the horizon but also of ways to ensure your mobile device is as safe as possible. .
Threats to be aware of in 2019
Any mobile device, whether it is a smartphone or a tablet, is only as secure as the network that it uses for data transmission. An increasing number of mobile device users are making use of public Wi-Fi in India with more than 40 million new users being expected to be added by 2019. At present, corporate mobile devices use the Wi-Fi nearly three times as much they use standard cellular data with as many as a quarter of these devices connecting to insecure networks on a daily basis. With such an immense increase in public network connectivity, the risks threatening data security increase accordingly.
Mobile devices often lack updated security
Tablets and smartphones in general tend to lack ongoing software updates that can drastically reduce the risk of data breaches from occurring. Although newer handsets do have more stringent built-in security measures they still don’t always keep abreast of the latest security breaches. Most manufacturers and mobile security software developers fail to remember that hackers generally adapt and improve their skills at a faster rate than what securities can be updated. Without regular OS updates and improved security patches mobile data breaches will continue to be of great concern.
Keeping your data safe
One of the easiest ways to protect the data on your phone or tablet is to have a secure password in place. Although this won’t prevent virtual security breaches it can deter strangers from rummaging through your personal information should your phone get lost or stolen. Ensure that your storage is in good condition as recommended by Bulk Memory Cards and always have remote wiping enabled should your phone get misplaced. Do not access any untrusted Wi-Fi networks and turn your Bluetooth off immediately when not in use. Do not download any application from untrusted sources, always checking whether they originate from a trusted publisher. It is also recommended that you never store any pertinent personal information such as your passwords, bank account details, and policy numbers on your device as it is very easy for hackers to access and cause grave damage.
It is very unfortunate that we live in a world where criminals will exploit innocent people in whichever way they can. While we may not be able to completely eliminate any future data breaches we can all take the necessary steps to ensure that our devices and our data remain as safe as possible.