It feels like technology is advancing by the day and allowing us to complete tasks on devices like our phones and tablets we would once not imagine would be possible. From updating our social media to using online banking, within a matter of seconds your mobile phone can allow you to access the majority of your personal accounts at the touch of a screen. Although carrying out tasks on our devices has never be so simple and security is constantly improving; this doesn’t mean you’re immune from hackers accessing your passwords and confidential information. 

Making a transaction on your mobile banking app or updating your status on Facebook can be done in a matter of seconds, but within the blink of an eye a hacker can access your details without you even knowing, exposing all of your confidential data. None of us want to be the victim of a hacker but not everyone is confident enough to say they know how to prevent their phone from being hacked.

With the help from POP Telecom we’d like to share a few simple steps to prevent hackers from accessing your phone.

Step 1 – Set your apps to update automatically

One of the most common ways mobile phone users leave themselves exposed to hackers is by not updating their apps regularly. A phone that is not up to date means its security is not as strong as it should be. The best way to make sure your apps update regularly is by making sure they’re set to update automatically in the phones settings. If you’re an iPhone user then all you have to do is go to Settings > [Your name] > iTunes & App Store and turn on updates in the automatic downloads section.

Step 2 – Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi connections

We’ve all been guilty of entering a restaurant or shopping centre and connecting to the free Wi-Fi before anything else, but you’ve got to be aware of the risks. Public Wi-Fi connections are the prime locations for hackers to gain your passwords and private data so it’s important to be cautious of what you’re using the connection for. Whilst using public connections it’s recommended to never use apps like online banking or anything with important information on. In most cases public Wi-Fi is safe to use but where possible, try and use your mobile data to be on the safe side. 

Step 3 – Disable lock screen notifications

It may not have crossed your mind but your phones lock screen notifications can sometimes display personal information. You may think that no one can see information on your screen but it only takes you to leave your phone on a table and the person next to you to glance over and in turn, potentially have some of your personal data. You can avoid this by simply changing the lock screen notifications in your phones settings. For iPhone users you simply go to Settings > Notifications and turn off specific apps and stop their notifications appearing on your lock screen.

How to spot the warning signs that your phone may have been hacked

There are a number of ways which might make you believe your phone has been hacked, including unexplained data usage, you start to receive bizarre messages or your mobile starts to slow down. These are just a few signs but there are plenty more which you need to be aware of. By following a few simple steps you can prevent hackers accessing your passwords and personal data and keep your risk of being hacked to a minimum.