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3. INSTALL SECURITY SOFTWARE. There are tons of mobile security apps from popular vendors that can be installed to enhance the protection of your smartphone. These apps not only provide traditional anti-virus and antimalware software but also come with features like remote data wiping and phone tracking in case your device gets stolen. Be sure to install one, if not more, such apps to give you more control over the governance of information in your device.

4. BE SMART ABOUT IT. a) Always keep your device up to date with the latest firmware updates. b) As is the case with any valuable item, don’t leave your phone unattended (even if it is locked). c) Text messaging spam is a big source of attacks on mobile phones, so be very suspicious when you get a text message which looks unusual (even if it is from a known sender), as these can be as dangerous as malicious emails.

d) Always backup your phone data. In the case that your device gets compromised and data stored on it is deleted, at least you have a copy to restore back. e) Only enable Bluetooth when needed. This step will close one route in for potential attackers and also extend your phone’s battery life. f) Lastly, never ever conduct any financial or critical transactions over public (untrusted) Wifi networks.

These steps won’t guarantee the security of your smartphone but will at least mitigate any risks. Take some time out of your schedule to follow these steps. After all, it is your digital lifeyour photos, videos, emails and identity

The RIDGE - March 2013 Issue  
The RIDGE - March 2013 Issue  

March 2013 issue of THE RIDGE - the largest student-run magazine in the National University of Singapore