Smartphone Security (part 1) – iPhone

smartphone security tipsSmartphones and mobile devices have been targeted by malware and spyware more recently, so we wanted to provide some security information and advice to keep your devices protected.  Network World website released articles containing security tips for protecting your smartphones (iPhone & Android OS’s) that we found had useful information.  We will touch on the iPhone OS first and in our next post the Android OS will be discussed.

For the iPhone, a new spyware has been discovered aimed at iOS devices called “XAgent” that attempts to steal personal data such as pictures, text messages, geo-location data, Wifi status, etc.  This was discovered by TrendMicro security firm (click here for details) and also reported by Network World (click here for article).  This spyware gets distributed via a phishing technique called “island hoping”, in which infected devices send a malicious link to their friends and associates.  TrendMicro advises users not to click on any suspicious links and particularly when these links try to download software or request password information.

Users can help secure their iPhone devices using basic tips such as using auto lock, using extra secure passwords (turning off simple password), backing up your device (iCloud, local drive, etc.), using iCloud two-factor authorization, and applying system updates as they are available.  Other tips discussed are:

  • Turning off Bluetooth, WiFi, and AirDrop when not in use
  • Don’t jailbreak your smartphone
  • Check privacy settings to see what apps are using location services and apps that have access to your smartphone photos, contacts, microphone, etc.
  • Keep an eye on services allowed to run on your smartphone device.
  • Limit advertising displayed and turning off diagnostic reports.
  • Cleaning your system cache often including Safari browser cookies and cache
  • Configure phone to be erased after 10 consecutive incorrect passcode attempts,
  • Setup remote wipe capability so if your phone is lost or stolen you can wipe the smartphone data remotely (ensure your smartphone is backed up and enable a lost device app such as “Find my iPhone”).
  • Using a secure VPN while connected to WiFi networks
  • Turning off some of your lock screen notifications

To read more details on these security tips provided by Network World – Click Here

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