We don’t often think about the smartphone we own as a computer, but it is, as is that smartwatch or FitBit you have on your wrist. Both contain a ton of data and both connect constantly to the internet. Your mobile device contains so much more than that favorite app you use to connect with your friends. It contains your search history of the places you’ve been. If you have location services turned on or background app refresh, it might even contain a record of all the places you’ve been. For reference, it’s been said that the Apollo 11 moon landing computers had about as much processing power as a hand-held calculator. You can read more about the Apollo Guidance Computer which weighed in at 70lbs on Wikipedia.
Keeping it up-to-date with the latest patches is not only smart, it’s your best defense against malware and other online threats.
If you aren’t using an app, particularly one that your current operating system can’t run, delete off your mobile app. It’s another way you can helps safeguard your data. And it is one less path into your data from your mobile device. If you aren’t using one, get a VPN for your mobile device. While we won’t recommend a specific one for you to use, we do encourage you to research your options with the caveat that you get what you pay for. If it’s free, it’s also likely tracking you and might not be as above board as it could be.
Mobile phones and tablets, just like the computers they are, need malware and virus protection. So, make sure you are using some sort of mobile security software and that you keep that up to date as well.
And, wherever possible use multi-factor authentication for accessing your apps and devices and screen locks for when you aren’t.