Do you think your smartphone is just an ordinary phone? If yes then you are in for a big surprise because your phone is actually a powerful minicomputer that happens to make calls.
This is because the amount of sensitive data many of us store on our phones is truly huge. A smartphone provides us direct access to our savings and current accounts. It also stores our passwords to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our email accounts. The phone numbers and email addresses of all our friends and colleagues are easy to find in our contacts directory.
Imagine the chaos that would ensue if our phone goes into the wrong hands. Any data could be misused. And it probably isn’t especially hard to steal. Any security system is only as good as its weakest link, and humans are the weakest link of all. Despite our best intentions, how many of us have been careless enough to lose our phones — or come dangerously close to leaving them — in the backseat of a taxi, sitting on top of the toilet paper dispenser at our favorite restaurant, in the seatpocket of an airliner, on the bar of a tavern, by the hotel pool, or on a conference table after a meeting?
Your phone could be hacked or compromised by a virus while you are doing online banking — or browsing the Internet at your favorite Starbucks, at the airport, in a hotel lobby, or sitting at a table waiting for your date to arrive.
If you’ve taken the right steps to protect yourself, losing your phone will be aminor loss. But if you’ve failed to safeguard your phone with a password or taken a backup of all your data or installed a program that can wipe the phone’s data remotely then you are in for a very big catastrophe.
To help you prepare your defenses, here are the 10 dumbest things that people do (or fail to do) with their smartphones.
1) No password protection
2) Shop online with an Internet browser instead of a shopping app.
3) Remain logged into banking, PayPal, eBay, and other sensitive apps.- Major Blunder
4) Automatically connect to any available WIFI connections
5) Leave Bluetooth connections open
6) Fail to properly purge data from old smartphones
7) Download “free” apps that aren’t actually free
8) Storing sensitive data on phones
9) Failing to clear browser history
10) No remote wiping software