Mobile Apps and tips to protect them
Android by google is known for being the most commonly used type of operating system in the current time. It is being used by the masses as it is termed to be ‘open’ that means, the developers of Smartphone mobile apps are free to modify, alter, change etc. and make it work in the way they want where anyone can launch apps for it.
But where there is a huge crowd of users, there goes the huge amount attention and attraction of intruders and snoopers. Android is highly at threat of being attacked by malware attacks as compared to iOS devices. Since there has been an increase in the use of mobile devices, the importance of smartphones along with the app security has emerged to a whole new level.
Where apps are known for delivering pure convenience to users, the other side of the app usage can lead to some serious consequences.
Read, understand and then only approve:
In most cases, users find themselves downloading new apps without giving much attention to the nature or the background of the app and eventually end up losing their data one way or the other. In most cases, the developers who are most likely to be the hackers put certain information in the agreement which you agree to their terms without even reading it properly. Some of the points include accessing the user’s data, using it for personal use etc.
Stop relying on server side checks:
Such controls must be improved with the app verification as the infected apps (malware) are easily bypassed through the validation checks if performed through the server. In case lf added security, companies can opt for using the geographical location of login attempts which are context and behavioral checks.
This option lets you set restrictions for the firmware of the device that doesn’t perform the priority tasks of mobile apps. For instance, setting restrictions to a cellphone’s microphone or camera if it isn’t being utilized or used by the app.
Run quality checks:
No matter how much experience you have with smartphones, there is always a chance of a loophole emerging in a new or even a well-established app. This could also promote or help in identifying whether the device has been rooted or jailbroken in case if an untrusted keyboard is utilized or if screen readers are in use.
Avoid anything suspicious:
While using any app, it is highly likely for you to experience some ads that if clicked, could lead you to unknown directories and untrusted locations. These are usually the redirected links that at that time open only an empty tab but in reality, they insert some of their viruses, malwares etc. into your system which are seen in the form of your system slowing down with the passage of time.
There are several steps you can take to better protect your Mobile apps and data:
- Set a dedicated login password for your apps account to avoid reusing usernames and passwords that you set up on other websites. This way, even if your password on other websites is cracked by others, you don’t have to worry about the mobile being affected.
- Try to avoid using simpler passwords. It is best to choose more than eight passwords with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special symbols, or a combination of more than 20 letters.
- We recommend using a password manager to easily set up complex passwords.
Turn on 2-step verification
- Enable 2-Step Verification in your app accounts, and the data in your account is safe even if someone else gets your password.
- Two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication, adds a layer of protection to the account login process. Whenever you log in, you will need to enter your account password and enter the verification code received on your phone. The purpose of this extra step is to combine only the content you know (your password) with the information that only you can get (the verification code on your phone).
Authorized apps and access history
- Check your apps and other Smartphone services that can access your account in the app license, you can opt out of access for all apps. If you revoke access to all apps, any intruders who enter your mobile account will not be able to access them.
Often, when you browse a website, malware can compromise your computer with a security hole in your browser or installed browser plug-in, a process known as “pass-through download.” The best way to stop malware intrusions is to prevent browser plug-in from running automatically. Please follow the steps below to set up your browser:
- Firefox: Configure the plug-in to “activate”. How to set the same operation as Adobe Flash, please see this page for more information.
- Chrome: Make sure you’re running the latest version, and when the site wants to run the plugin, you’ll receive a pop-up prompt.
Only if necessary, such as downloading a financial statement, and running the plugin if you trust the website.
Please remember to keep the softwares updated. When the app reminds you that an update is available, please update it on the official website or credit website immediately! Be wary of update reminders that appear in web browsers, as many of these update reminders are fake and can mislead users into installing malware.