Follow these simple tips to keep you safe while browsing the internet on your phone

The phone has become man’s best friend. There are hardly any days where one cannot pass a day without their phones. The funniest yet amusing part is that phones have become smarter than people themselves. But, in the digital world, there are plenty of problems that the users need to tackle while they are browsing the internet on their phones.

There are many ways by which one can remotely operate one’s phone and control all their activity. The phone’s camera and other devices can be switched on without the knowledge of the user. Many hackers can disrupt one’s identity online by phishing. There are many cases where money has been stolen from bank accounts in large amounts. These cases can be registered under cybersecurity. Many massive cyberattacks happen to a mass number of individuals where everything gets out of scope like the WannaCry ransomware attack. But there are many cases where some basic security steps followed could prevent a lot of crimes.

Always, prevention is better than cure. So, it would be better and safe if one could follow the following steps while browsing the internet on the phone.

  • Don’t click on any suspicious links 

There are a lot of pop-ups that appear as spam messages in the inbox via SMS. If one clicks on the link, then the link redirects them to another site that has viruses that would hack one’s phone and steal all the user data. To avoid messages, from a suspicious number, some security apps can be installed on the phone.

  • Always log off from your social media sites 

As it has become very easy for anyone to hack anyone’s phone, it is always recommended to log off from the social media sites. The social media sites contain a lot of personal information and messages. When the accounts are logged in all the time, then it’s an easy pathway for hackers to log in and hack all the information.

  • Never choose to save passwords

Be it a banking site or any social media site, never choose the option that would remember the password. This option serves as an easy gateway for hackers. At the same time, only when a person re-enters the password every time while using a social media site, then only he/she will never forget the password.

  • Never download unauthorised applications 

While downloading any application on your phone, it is recommended to have a look at the creator of the application and to read the reviews. The ratings of the application must be given importance.

  • Don’t give access to all storage 

While you are downloading any application, it would ask for permission. Don’t give the application access more than it requires. If you are going to download a fitness application, it hardly has anything to do with accessing the images on the phone. It is, therefore, an important need to clarify on the permissions tab.

See this Life Hack article to know top fitness applications.

  • Don’t enter your details on a random site while browsing

If you receive any pop-ups on your phone and it asks for your personal information, it is suggested not to enter any information.

  • Use Virtual Private Network 

Virtual Private Networks are the best way to hide one’s identity from the advertisers. As the networks hide the location of the user, it becomes very much impossible for hackers to locate one’s identity online. It always provides a lot of security while browsing online.

  • Delete browsing history 

The hackers can use your past data and send you links based on your preference and lure you into malicious sites. It is always recommended to delete the browsing history. This hardly provides any space for the hacker to grab one’s personal information from browsers.

  • Use privacy focussed web browsers 

Various web browsers enable privacy options by not storing browsing history and other security features.

  • Download a malware scanner 

There are much-trusted malware scanner applications in the app store. Before putting any downloaded application to use, it is recommended to put the downloaded application through a malware scanner. If the scanned report shows the level of risk is too high, then it’s best not to use the application.

  • Don’t use public WIFI 

The data you use to send or receive messages contains packets of information along the channel of communication. It is always recommended to avoid using public Wi-Fi. This Wi-Fi can infringe on the privacy of the user.

  • Use OTP wherever possible 

The One Time Password requires the authentication of the user whenever he/she wants to make a transaction. This is one of the best ways to ensure a safe money transaction while browsing online. This requires one to keep their phone number updated with the bank accounts.

  • Remove Cache Memory 

It is always suggested to clear off the cache while browsing the internet on your phone. The Cache memory stores all the recent activity.

  • Don’t download random gaming applications on the phone 

A recent survey suggests that gaming applications hold a lot of malicious software in it. This can block the proper functioning of the mobile phone. The cases where the mobile phone hangs often can be attributed to the fact that it is attacked by malware.

  • Don’t keep all the files in the main memory of the phone 

When the main memory of the phone is full, the processing speed gets affected. When the processor cannot scan and filter the malicious sites, then the phone gets attacked by malware easily.

  • Enable the disable pop up the option on your phone browser 

It is always recommended to disable the pop up on the phone browser This pop up will appear only if the browser scans some malicious content on the site.

  • Anti-virus for phone 

Just like there are options for installing anti-virus software for computers, one can install anti-virus on phones as well.

These are some of the best ways to enjoy a great browsing experience on your phone. These are compiled after taking into account some real-life experiences and solutions are suggested for it. The cyber-world can yield a lot of benefits when used right.

Larry King