Smartphone, 4 tricks to protect your privacy

Users save all their information on the smartphone: photos, videos, contacts, emails, etc. Thus, telephones become a device to transport our privacy. For this reason, and given the possibility that all these data may fall into other hands, if we lose it or if it is stolen, it is essential to take some precautions to protect and protect ourselves.

1. Watch the download of Apps on your smartphone

Currently, messages, advertising and, above all, the download of applications are accompanied by a series of viruses that can disable your phone. Therefore, it is necessary to follow a series of recommendations to keep viruses away from your Smartphone:

- Locate Apps with viruses. There are several tools to check if there is an App that has a virus on your Smartphone. In addition to checking that your applications have no viruses, verify that all applications are updated in their latest version and check that the device is properly configured.

- Read the permissions before a download. It is common to see that most users accept the conditions of the applications without even reading the document in which they require their permission. This can be cause of virus entry in your mobile. For this reason, it is necessary that you thoroughly read the permission they request and, to complete it, consult the opinions of the rest of the users who have already downloaded the application and have been able to discover certain problems.

- Check that they are validated Apps. Before downloading an application, it is necessary to verify that this App has been validated. To do this, check that the name of the developer appears next to the name of the App before buying it, whether it is paid or free.

2. Avoid public Wi-Fi when using the smartphone

When the connections are not secure, you put your mobile device at risk and with it all the information it contains. Therefore, it is important to follow a series of recommendations regarding the connection of your phone:

- Avoid giving your personal information. It is very frequent that users, wanting to connect for free, use a public Wi-Fi. In that case, the most important thing is that, if you are going to use it, at least do not provide any personal information while you are connected to this Network.

- Use an SSL connection.To check the security of the pages you are going to browse through, it is advisable to use an SSL connection. For this, you will have to always write // followed by the domain name before visiting any page.

- Check that the certificate is valid. In many cases, the user does not realize that he is not navigating through the authentic Web page. So that this never happens, you have to verify that the certificate that uses the page is valid and the page to which it refers you is not false.

3. Use secure private networks with your smartphone

- Use the virtual private network (VPN). The virtual private network is a technology that allows you to connect securely. Once the connection is created, all the information is transmitted in an encrypted and secure way so that you can navigate without fear of exposing your private information.

- Avoid automatic connection to a public Wi-Fi. To prevent your phone from connecting automatically to a Wi-Fi network, you must disable this option on your Smartphone. In this way, you will never connect without prior consent.

4. Shield your information in the smartphone

Currently, the biggest fear of users is losing their phone or being stolen. In that case, it is necessary that the mobile is properly protected so that no one can access your information:

- Lock the phone. Many users decide not to block the phone because of the inconvenience of having to unlock it every time they want to consult it. However, this step is totally necessary to establish a first barrier so that nobody can access your data at first if your Smartphone falls into someone else's hands.

- Encrypt the information. In addition to blocking it, the user can also encrypt all the information they want from their phone: accounts, applications, photos or videos. Once encrypted the mobile, the user will need another additional password to decrypt it every time you turn it on.

- Activate the double authentication factor. Finally, it is recommended to activate the security measure of the double authentication factor. In this way, every time you log in to one of your accounts, the service will send a password to your mobile. So, just by entering that password, you can access your Smartphone.

Patricia Núñez de Arenas

Video: How to protect your privacy on your phone (CBC Marketplace)

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