An effective security solution is crucial to maintain the proper functioning of a smartphone, but equally important are the additional measures. Bitdefender has made a list of best practices that keep you protected on your vacation.
Be careful what you download and from where.
Download applications only from the official stores of operators and manufacturers such as Apple App Store and Android Market. Soft sites from unofficial distributors can infect your phone or tablet and can send away to third parties, private information.
In vacation to unknown parts, you may be tempted to download applications that help you find different locations such as restaurants, hotels and museums. But you have to rely only on those coming from authorized sources. To avoid accidentally downloading unsafe applications, check the configuration of the terminal accessing settings, security and making sure that unknown sources option is unchecked.
Access only safe hot-spots.
Public wireless hotspots are vulnerable traffic interception and spread viruses as they are not password protected and can be accessed by anyone. Imagine someone at nearby intercepts packets and sees everything you do online. Make sure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions are switched off when not in use. They will consume more power and can facilitate unauthorized access to data on your mobile device.
Stop mobile data service when not in use.
Internet services in roaming are very expensive, and an application of a social network that tries to update every five minutes will cost more than the entire data plan purchase.
No Advertising on social platforms, details on the location where you are!
If you regularly update your social media accounts and share where you are and what you do consistently, carefully configure the access of others to your profile information. If it is not accessible only to your friends, you could get to disclose information that can be used by criminals, eg to tell strangers that you are not home. You agree to place large posters throughout the city to make public the place where you are?
Be careful of too good to be true offers.
If you get a sudden incredibly advantageous deals with luxury hotels at very low prices, booking apartments or mobile phone recharge offers, ignore them. A click on links contained in emails can infect your phone or tablet or completeness of formulation may lead to personal information.
Protect terminal passwords and encryption option.
If someone steals or finds your phone, hindered it with access to the information stored. Encrypt data using a dedicated software or – if the device allows – with the option of encryption available in the terminal. Use anti-theft to find your phone, lock or delete information on from a distance.
Online transactions using unsecured hotspots are risky.
Logging into any bank account involving sensitive data. Typing sensitive data during unsecured connections is risky, because traffic can be viewed by unauthorized persons. To secure banking transactions you can use a laptop, and if it runs on Windows, a dedicated solution like Safepay will help make banking transactions safe.
Alternatively you can use a local SIM card to use internet package and to perform all sensitive transactions via 3G.
Do not visit the links or attachments in emails which are coming randomly.
Just like your computer, e-mails may have attachments containing viruses for mobile terminals, and a click on such a link can install malicious software on your phone.
Install a virus protection software.
Installing an antivirus and a personal data protection solutions is imperative. But choose a reputable source and watch providers that offer PC security solutions to prevent false security solutions.
Keep updated software.
Hold your operating system and updated applications, make sure you have the latest versions of software to handle the latest threats.