How Secure are Your Phone Passwords?

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As phone technology advances, so too do threats to your digital security. Around 88% of adults in the UK own a smartphone, a big increase in the past 12 years, making almost anyone a potential target. With cybercrimes such as phone hacking on the rise, protecting your data and personal information is important.

The government has set out plans for new cybersecurity laws to place more responsibility on manufacturers. But there are still important steps that you need to take for your own security.

You can keep your phone safe with passcodes, pins, patterns, and biometric security, but it’s not easy to figure out which is the best process to use. We’ll look at how you can help to keep your personal data secure and protected from phone hackers.

Use a password or a pin

Many people prefer using fingerprint unlocking or facial recognition to access their devices. But having a secure pin code that acts as an extra barrier is an important defence.

The best way to use a pin or passcode is to choose something that’s not easy to guess. Common codes that people often use are birthdays or anniversaries. Picking a random number sequence instead is safer and isn’t guessed as easily.

It’s often tempting to use a pattern to help you remember the code, but these are less secure. Patterns can be watched and memorised; they can even leave marks on the phone’s keypad.

Anti-virus apps 

As our smartphones often contain the same amounts of data as our computers, it’s worth safeguarding them with an anti-virus app. These apps can check downloaded files to make sure that they’re safe.

For safer internet browsing on Android, consider installing a VPN. This gives an extra layer of protection when using Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

Two-step authentication 

You should use a two-step authentication process for any online accounts or password managers. As well as your password, you’ll need to enter a time-sensitive code to access your account. This is an easy win to improve security. It’s unlikely that a hacker would know both pieces of information needed to access your data, particularly within a limited time frame.

Check your accounts

Regularly checking your security across all apps and accounts is good practice. Make sure that you set up two-factor authentication where possible. Ensure that your phone is set up to lock itself and that you have a suitable passcode entry system.

No one can guarantee 100% safe and secure smartphone accounts. But following these tips will help to keep your data as secure as possible.

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