Which would you prefer, privacy or security?
As people become more concerned about security and privacy, the question begs to be answered; is it worth it to give up mobile privacy for security? Fifty-four percent of the polled population preferring privacy at the risk of security. The question has become, do we exchange mobile privacy for security? Privacy has definitely become a luxury. There is no hardware or software that can be purchased that guarantees 100% privacy. Yes, there are programs and software that will help, but, again, nothing is “uncrackable”. As mobile app usage, mobile gaming and mobile searching are all on the rise as we’re “constantly connected”, here are a few best practices to help keep your digital devices secure.
1. Okay, this first one might sound like a “no-brainer”, but start with physical security. That means don’t leave your digital device in areas that aren’t secure.
2. Add a security code, password and/or PIN to your device. If you have an iPhone 5, using the “Touch ID” feature will ensure maximum security. (No, I did not use the word “infallible”). You will still set up a passcode, but the odds of someone physically accessing your data drop from 1 in 10,000 for those who only have a passcode, to 1 in 50,000. For more information on setting up “Touch ID”, click here.
3. Install a security app on your mobile/digital device. An app that I have been watching, (and also use), is “Lookout“. They offer protection for both the iOS and Android platforms. Lookout also offers security on a much larger scale utilizing sensor data and predictive analytics. Another one of my favorite companies for multi-device and platform security is “ESET“. Right now their mobile security is limited to Android phones and tablets. I have an iPhone, so can’t comment as to ease of installation and use, however, I have been very happy with the performance on my Mac. They also have a blog with fun and informational news like, “Domino’s Pizza refuses to pay ransom after customer database hacked“. Last of all, “Disconnect” has different levels of security that can be unlocked to protect your device, including malware protection.
One last tip, if you want a phone that is the “most secure” you can get, it will be worth your time to check out the “Blackphone“.
That’s it for now, fellow-humans. I’ll cover using VPN’s with mobile devices soon, so don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter.