Dangers lurking on the WebNow, let’s leave the upper spheres and descend to ordinary users’ problems. What if their phone gets into this 1 percent? How do they remain protected online? That’s the most burning question for every web surfer. We are to bear in mind the reason why a smartphone is so attractive for hackers. Nowadays, 80 percent of our life is literally spent online (including banking, online purchasing, classified data transfers, sensitive private communication, etc.), and a lot of vital information is stored in mobile devices or transmitted via the web. Gadgets are small, but they can cause big problems if security issues aren't addressed properly. Devices don’t belong to you exclusively anymore; with the advent of Internet, your private data is accessible to almost everyone. You must be aware that the very moment you log into a public Wi-Fi spot, "digital pirates" start hunting after your sensitive personal information, like bank account data, credit card passwords, names, addresses, social media accounts, and so on. In particular, this threat concerns new gadgets that are tested by community and criminals simultaneously and that may reveal dangerous breaches in their protection systems.
Apps for protectionIT security experts highly recommend some applications for installation on a new smartphone in order to protect it from attacks of criminals. They are as follows:
- Secure private messaging (e.g. Tor Messenger, Signal),
- Safe storage of numerous passwords (e.g. 1Password),
- Data encryption and securing your connection (VPN services for Android),
- Secure encrypted emailing (e.g. My Secure Mail),
- Blocking different apps in order to prevent unauthorized access (e.g. Applock), etc.
Complex security solutionsIs there any way out? Sure. First, you must resort to registered, official and trusted services only (preferably paid for, as the chance of getting malware is significantly lower then). It’s a matter of your digital hygiene, after all, and you digital well-being depends on it just like the health of your body depends on your routine hygiene procedures. Do not let any virus – real or virtual – get inside! Second, it’s good to employ a Virtual Private Network or Proxy server to create additional protection for your online communication channels. (Metaphorically speaking, it is your virtual digital ‘’contraceptive.’’) With a VPN, you can enhance your anonymity and improve the integrity of communication channels, secure your private conversations by their encryption, and keep your online activity private and secure by deploying an invisible protective shield over your Internet traffic.