5 SIMPLE MISTAKES THAT COULD PUT YOUR ANDROID AT THE MERCY OF A BREACH.
The movie industry has romanticized hacking too much.
They have made it into something that requires an elaborate setup and some of the most expensive tools in the world. Besides that, they have also presented the idea in such a way that it is some high-tech process that affects the government and companies alone.
That could not be farther from the truth.
As an Android user, everyday things you do will expose you to hacks unless you stop them. Here are some of the things that you need to stop doing ASAP.
1 Not Updating your Firmware
So, you have seen that firmware update sitting there for a while now, and you are not updating it yet. No matter why you have been putting that update off for later, you are exposing yourself to hacks in diverse ways.
The updates were not sent to you because Google or your OEM felt like it. They have probably seen a bug that needs killing, a vulnerability that could be exploited or something of the sort.
This is even evident in the naming system for the monthly updates, which come as security fixes. That should tell you that they are there to protect you from something.
2 Not updating your apps
When the Play Store notification that tells you that there are some apps to be updated comes on, it is not only trying to use up the rest of your internet data bundle.
Like the system firmware, there are a variety of reasons why your app developer might need it to have an update.
Sometimes, it could be to add a new feature, remove a poor one, or improve something within the app. More times than not, though, it is often to quash a bug that has been found in the app. This bug could be simple enough that it only compromises the app, or severe enough that it provides a backdoor into your unit.
You don’t want to hang around to find out which it is, though.
3 Using Public Wi-Fi networks
There is a reason why these networks do not have a password to them. Unfortunately, that is even the least sign of a lack of encryption on these networks.
Public Wi-Fi networks lack security protocols that will ensure the data being transferred over them is as safe as can be. This means that whatever you are doing on the system can be monitored, collected, and recorded by someone else.
Worst of all is the man-in-the-middle attack, allowing hackers to hijack your conversations and even your devices.
If you find yourself somewhere that you must use a public Wi-Fi network, always use an Android VPN for extra protection.
4 Setting weak passwords
We know that your phone comes with that fancy iris scanning technology. Or is it the fingerprint scanner? Maybe it is the facial unlock system.
No matter which it is, though, these should never substitute for a strong password.
If a hacker should get remote access into your device, best believe that your password is what they will be hacking, not the biometrics. The same is true for if your phone should fall into the wrong hands.
Thus, the best form of protection here is to encrypt your data with a strong password to start with.
5 Using Older Units
There is nothing wrong with loving how your Android phone from 3 or 4 years ago has been a solid performer. We also love it when we are lucky enough to find that one piece of hardware that we never want to let go of.
However, such sentiment is not doing much for your security.
Android devices are usually supported up to 3 years – and it is the flagships that get the full treatment. The longer you keep your device, the higher the chance of running obsolete software.
With obsolete software, you are vulnerable to the exploits that must have been fixed on the new software.
See why you need to upgrade your phones now?