Today mobiles and apps are man’s best friend. They are inevitable. For any individual, holding an android or a smartphone with apps is part of life. With a soaring app usage, it is even important to address the security factors. There are thousands of apps in the market, though these are primarily built to simplify our lives, the factor of security is always a concern.
We have listed a few dangers and practices that consumers should know and can do from their end to secure their devices and data from malicious attacks.
Download apps from trusted sources
When a consumer decides to use an app, the first step is downloading it. This is where it all starts. Downloading from well-known and trusted sources is your first and foremost attempt from preventing a malicious attack. Remember, we only can reduce the chances, as in case of Android devices, the markets are not stringently controlled. Try and avoid brand new apps and apps with fewer downloads and ratings. Download apps that are really necessary and uninstall when not in use.
Configurations and Permissions
The second step is the configuration and protection of privacy. Granting of permission and privileges has to be cautiously looked upon. Authorize access only on careful consideration. Some apps include geo-location services and few other public postings may show user location. These help tracking and stalking an individual. Thus, the user has to carefully assess them before granting permissions and sharing such data’s. It is strongly recommended to read ratings, comments, app description and reviews from other users.
Regular app updations protects and fills the weak entry points that attackers target. App developers/creators release periodic updates to shield the app and the device. Check the app store regularly (recommend a monthly check) to be aware of the possible points of attacks and the corresponding security measures. The weak points serve as an entry point for malicious attacks. Also, be aware that these updates may also come with automatic updates that may not require to be granted permission every time an update is available.
Many apps offer additional purchases and contents or offers, when users tend to store log-in credentials, user information or financial information on the mobile device for convenience. These become an easy target when the device is hacked remotely. Prefer usage of single-time virtual credit card and one time gift cards instead.
Always remember that the attackers are always finding ways to exploit sensitive data’s in all possible ways. Though it may not be literally possible to totally immunize, it makes sense to carry out these practices as the first line of defense.