There are a few simple steps you can take to increase your cell phone security and stop anyone installing spy software on your mobile phone. This is part of my series of articles aimed at keeping your phone safe from cell phone spy and monitoring software, you might want to check out: How to Check for Spy Software and How to Remove Spy Software from Your Cell Phone. The focus of this article is Prevention.
Who Needs to Secure their Cell Phone?
The most common group, who want to find out how to secure their cell phone are people who have suffered some sort of security breach on their phone. People who have previously had their phone hacked or been the victim of spy software programs such as StealthGenie, MobileSpy or Mobistealth.
Most of us are pretty lax about securing our cell phones even though we use them for so many personal and confidential things. That is until something goes wrong. You may think you have nothing to hide or that no one would be interested in spying you but just think for a moment about how much information passes through your phone.
Think about bank account information, personal videos or photos, business information or your private web browsing history. How would you feel about a stranger having access to all this and more? They can and they do, very easily with cell phone spy software programs readily available on the Internet. So, what can you do to protect yourself?
Easy Steps to Protect Your Cell Phone
The first is the most obvious; never let anyone else have your phone. Someone with a little experience can install a spy app in less than 5 minutes. Don’t forget, that someone will most likely be a person that you know and trust!
Password Protect Your Phone and Lock It
This is by far the easiest and most effective way of keeping your cell phone safe from spy software. It is incredible how many people do not make use of even the basic password feature on their phone. How many of us still use # or * plus any key to unlock the phone? Just using a simple locking password that only you know can secure your phone totally. So simple but this is your best defense. All phones have this capability but you can take it a step further with some password management and phone locking apps.
Lock Your Phone with Apps
Make sure you have your phone set to lock automatically – avoid the chance of someone finding it unlocked and open. There are some great apps available for Android and iPhone to enable one click locking and automatic locking – if you want a little more than the original cell phone settings. Check out:
Screen Off and Lock and Lock Screen Widget – two free apps worth looking at to secure and totally lock your phone.
For better password management you might want to consider installing an app like Mind Wallet (free) or mSecure Password Manager (paid app). There are loads to check out some offering a high degree of security with encryption and secure password generation. When choosing an app try to find ones with a high number of downloads and good user ratings. Have a search in the Google Play Store and in the Apple Store for phone security apps.
My Favorite Security Step
A simple app like AppNotifier available from Google Play can be a great, added level of security. This app will email you a notification if any new software or apps are downloaded on your Smartphone. The app is available for free but to avoid any annoying adverts the paid version is only about $1.
How to Secure an iPhone Against Spying Software
Most of the above measures will help you to make an iPhone more secure and there are various apps available to help. With the iPhone the one big weakness of spy apps is that they can only be installed on a Jailbroken phone. If you make sure your iPhone is not Jailbroken it will be free of spy phone monitoring software. Also remember that by simply updating the OS, any Jailbreak will be removed – along with any spy software. If you think you are at risk – update your iPhone Operating System regularly.
Most of these security steps can be taken for free or very little cost. There are many paid cell phone security apps out there but I think that for most people these will do the job well and provide good cell phone security against spy software.
For most people, just making sure you have a secret password and setting your phone to lock automatically will be enough to stop someone installing spy software on your mobile phone. Using apps for encrypting voice or sms text messages can add another level of security but it will not stop someone installing the spy phone software in the first place. Remember that in most cases you will be targeted by an amateur, someone you know, and often the simple security measures will stop them.
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