With increasing reports about security vulnerabilities in cell phones and other mobile devices, mobile carriers are releasing new devices with extra privacy features built-in and ready to use. However, because of the awareness of vulnerabilities that has been available to the public for so long, there’s no need to get rid of your current phone as precautions can be taken to step up the privacy on your current Android, iPhone or Windows phone.
Password protecting your phone may take longer to unlock every time you need to answer a text message, but the increased security will keep other people from accessing the contents of your phone. Given today’s model phones, the possibilities for various passwords are almost unlimited, spanning across PIN number access, pattern unlock codes and character passwords. Even things such as Facial Recognition or iPhone’s Fingerprint Scan can prove to keep the security on your device protected.
When your device encrypts its contents, all of the information is coded and scrambled so that, without a master password, remains unrecognizable by someone attempting to steal sensitive information. Fortunately, an iPhone and iPad will encrypt the contents held on it with a provided PIN number. This is still something that can be accomplished with an Android phone but requires some extra steps to do. Navigate to Settings, then Security and select “Encrypt Phone”. You will then be asked to enter a six-digit passcode, taking around an hour for the encryption setup process to complete.