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Are you protecting your smartphone?

It is often underrated, but the smartphone security is a relevant topic. It does not matter if you are using an Android or an iOS smartphone, security is still a problem, especially during the last years when malware attacks are more sophisticated and intelligent and they evolve following the smartphone innovation.

We can do something to protect our smartphones and their included data. Follow these 6 simple steps:

  1. Access: it is crucial to set a anti-access system to avoid an easy access to the smartphone, using a complex numerical sequence or a Touch ID or Face ID access system. To access the App Store or personal data, it is useful to set complex passwords, this means that a good password is composed by capital letters, numbers and special characters. Where possible, you should use a multi-factor authentication method, that creates a double entry barrier and assure more difficulties when trying to access the smartphone.
  2. AppFirst of all, download Apps only from official App stores or certified websites, to avoid malware. 
    During the installation of Apps, or during the first use, you should pay attention to the permissions that are asked and accurately evaluate which authorizations you want to accept or deny. 
    Updating Apps is another important action to have the latest version of the App: this leads to a correct functioning of the App and to the new anti-malware updates that are released.
  3. Settings: turn of the Wi-FI connection when you are using your smartphone outside your office or home, you will avoid connections to open Wi-Fi that could cause transmission of malware. The Bluetooth connection, on the other hand, was the main channel to get malware in 90s, also between smartphone. It should be set to "invisible" to hide your device to other users.
  4. Mail: pay attention to mailboxes, because they have the same risks as for mailboxes installed on laptops and PCs. Spam, phishing and drive-by attacks are always a risk.
  5. Diskmemories and SD cards to expand smartphone capacity can be a vehicle for malware, just like USB memories for laptops. The tips is: do not share memories with other smartphones and dedicate a memory exclusively to the same smartphone.
  6. Antivirus: anti-malware software are not only available for laptops and PC, but also for smartphones and they are effective against malware. They require regular scanning, both depth analyses and rapid scannings. Anti-malware software often integrates anti-spam systems for smartphones, a valid protection against email spam malware.