How to Protect Your Data From Unsecured Apps

unsecured apps - How to Protect Your Data From Unsecured Apps

To help you keep your private data safe, we spoke with security experts about the steps you can take to make sure the information on your phone data isn’t vulnerable – whether you’re connected to your small business’s network or just watching cat videos.

The easiest thing you can do to protect your smartphone from intrusion is to make sure that the application you’re using is the latest version. Nearly every phone on the market has the ability to constantly check that installed apps are up to date.

While it’s easy to just set up your phone to automatically update apps, sometimes you need to grant it permission to download an update. This usually happens when the download is particularly large or the app needs special permissions to access parts of your phone.

Andrew Reshetniak, a staff security intelligence engineer at Lookout, said keeping applications up to date becomes especially important as developers find vulnerabilities.

In addition to keeping apps updated, it’s important to only download apps from official sources. Whether you have an Android, Apple or some other kind of mobile device, each has an official app store that requires certain safeguards before an app can be sold on its storefront.

While nearly all phones can let you download and install applications from third-party locations (after you change a few security settings), cybersecurity experts emphatically warn against doing so.

By Andrew Martins

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