Names, addresses, bank details … 94% of us use the phone daily, without necessarily thinking about what could happen if someone enters it. However, leaks and hacks exist. How to protect your smartphone and what does it contain?
By protecting your sensitive data online and on your computer, we know how to and there are many tools. But what about browsing on your smartphone? According to the last report at Data.ai, a company that specializes in combining customer data and market data, mobile device owners spent 3.8 trillion hours on their phones during the year 2021. So it’s impossible to let your guard down, especially when it syncs his inboxyour credit card and given access to your geolocation!
The French fear for their personal information
According to the Digital Barometer 2019 published by Arce, the General Council for the Economy (CGE) and the Digital Agency, the French are more concerned about the portability of their data when it comes to changing phones. In fact, 75% want to be able to carry their data and applications during a change of smartphone and 73% of respondents believe it is important to be able to transfer their information and applications.
It must be said that the smartphone has become the essential tool of our daily life, dethroning all other devices with a screen, the computer at the forefront: 94% of French people use the phone every day! Exchange of messages or e-mails with loved ones, surf the Internetdoing bank transactions … The uses are as many as the dangers.
As reported by platform Lookout cybersecurity platform, which broadcasts information from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), data breaches have “Reached a record number of 1862 in 2021, an increase of 68% compared to 2020.
While the record volume of breaches is worrying, what is also noteworthy is that 1,600 of the 1,862 total breaches were the result of cyber attacks.we read. This indicates that data breaches will continue to grow in scope and sophistication in the future. “
Your smartphone, a mine of information about you
Because if we use the telephone so much today it is because it has become our extension. Surnames, names, telephone numbers, postal and digital addresses, bank details, geographical locations, photos and videos …: we compile our life so that it fits in our pockets, answering the questions to create an account on the hottest network, then reflecting on Passwords who will guard the fortress … But when a breach is made, the whole system is in danger of collapsing and our whole life is exposed by hackers.
Avoid giving too much information on social networks
To avoid being in a bad position, it is best to avoid giving too much information about yourself, especially on social networks. Recently, Facebook and LinkedIn were chosen to do leaking personal data of their users: 600 million professional network users were affected by this unprecedented hack.
Give people as little information as possible on merchant sites
“When you shop online, it’s common for companies to ask for your date of birth or email address to offer you promotional offers. Consider why a company asks you for this information and what it might do with it. Remember that you always have the option to refuse “Lookout says.
Check the app settings
To try to reduce the breakdown, let’s think about checking the parameters of your accounts and applications: you have the possibility to do so prevent certain apps from accessing your phone and what it contains (photos, videos, etc.). Also remember to check the privacy settings of your social network accounts (are they in private or public mode, what personal data have you shared?) And to activate two-factor authentication for better protection of your accounts.
The 10 commandments of the CNIL to protect your mobile data
On his place Internet, the National Commission on Computing and Freedoms (CNIL) provides 10 tips to protect your personal data on mobile devices:
- Do not save confidential information on your smartphone: secret codes, access codes, bank details, etc.
- Do not deactivate the PIN code and change the one offered by default. Avoid codes that are too easy (date of birth, 0123, etc.)
- Set up an automatic delay for the phone lock, in addition to the PIN code: this prevents information from being consulted in case of loss or theft
- Enable encryption of information saved on your phone: even if the device is turned on, no one will be able to access your data without your password
- Install an antivirus
- Write down your phone’s IMEI number to block it in case of loss or theft
- Don’t download apps from unknown sources; prefer official platforms
- When you install a new application on your device, check what data it will have access to
- Read the terms of service before installing an application and consult the opinions of other users on the Internet
- Adjust your geolocation settings to always control when and by whom to be geolocated
Applications that go beyond data security
There are applications to protect it personal data on your phone, including antivirus, which offer the same services as a classic computer antivirus or even password managers (1Password, NordPass, etc.). On the iPhone, this service is automatic: every time you want to create a password, you are offered a sturdy sesame to use and that will be saved on the phone.
You can also go to search engines other than Google such as Qwant or DuckDuckGo, which do not collect any personal data about users. On the instant messaging side there are Telegram and Signal which, contrary to the classics Whatsapp and Instagram, protect their users’ conversations with end-to-end encryption.