Your smartphone is most likely the key to every secret in your life and sensitive piece of information. From there it is possible to access your bank accounts, personal data, text messages, and even private photos and videos.
If you are a person of interest, you should absolutely take every precaution you can to hack-proof your phone. And by person of interest we don’t just refer to public figures who may have a few compromising photos stored on the phone or on a cloud storage service, as was the case with the dozens of celebrities who saw their personal (+18) photos and videos stolen and shared all over the internet on the summer of 2014 (an event that became known as “Celebgate”).
We’re also talking about small business owners. According to a data breach investigation report carried out by Verizon in 2019, 43% of all security breaches specifically targeted small business owners.
This statistic could be explained by the fact that nowadays these owners rely on their smartphones to complete a great number of work-related tasks without any security concerns, making them extremely vulnerable.
Even if you have a phone exclusively for business use.
So, what can you do to make sure that your phone isn’t hacked?
Unless you are the owner of a multimillion-dollar company who can spend a lot of money in cybersecurity, an experienced and skillful hacker that really wants to steal data from your phone will most certainly find a way to do it – it’s just a matter of time (and having the resources).
But for the average person, taking some basic precautions when using a smartphone that contains sensitive information is more than enough to stay away from opportunistic hackers that only target vulnerable devices. We will tell you what those basic precautions are.