When it comes to using smartphones, most users think their devices are immune to viruses and hacking. However, smartphones are much more vulnerable than you may think. Unlike traditional operating systems which have matured over the years, an iPhone can be hacked fairly easily because the iOS operating system is still, relatively speaking, in its infancy.
Accessing Your Data
One of the biggest challenges of securing mobile operating systems is ensuring that applications only have access to the areas of the phone they really need. For example, would you want a game to be able to read your address book? Probably not; an article from Gizmodo, though, discusses how many applications are able to steal your data without your knowledge.
How to Protect Yourself
One of the simplest ways to protect yourself from mobile malware is simply to install a reputable antivirus suite on your mobile device. Lookout has been a pioneer in the mobile security space for decades, meaning that their security software has been refined over the years to deal with the increasing complexity of today’s mobile threats. Although this is a crucial step to securing your computer, running an antivirus program on your phone is not going to protect you from all digital threats.
The next way to protect yourself from mobile malware is to ensure that you pay attention to the permissions that you give to the apps installed on your phone. Although this step is a little tedious, it is the most effective way to prevent outside attackers from gaining access to your data. When you install a game, for example, if the app requests access to your address book, you might want to choose a different application.
The Importance of Common Sense
Although an iPhone can be hacked, by following the simple tips mentioned above and using common sense when downloading apps, you can protect yourself from most malware. The most important thing is that when installing apps on your phone, you should only install programs from reputable vendors and ensure that you actually have a need for the programs.
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