We are all aware of the need to secure our computing devices with a range of security solutions available for PCs and laptops – but what about our mobile devices?
Smartphones have made huge strides in terms of power and capability over the past decade, becoming advanced computing devices in their own right, not only storing our apps, photos and games, but also the entry point to work.
With many of us now working in hybrid mode, having a work-ready smartphone is a key tool, but it also needs to be protected from cyber threats – so here are some tips to keep your mobile devices safe.
Keeping you safe online
Unfortunately, some parts of the internet are not really a safe place to visit, which can be true for both mobile browsing and desktop use.
Suspicious websites may try to infect your device with malware or other malware by installing trackers or keyloggers, and phishing websites want to extort hard-earned money from their victims,
Luckily, Complete Bitdefender security (opens in a new tab) offers an anti-phishing system that scans websites and alerts you if you come across a fake site. It also comes with Bitdefender Web Protection, which filters all mobile traffic, not just intentional browsing, to provide real-time protection against all online threats.
Full scan all the time
Let’s face it – most of us spend a lot of time on our phones or other mobile devices, using them for many activities and functions.
This includes any apps and services you may have installed on your device – but how much do you really know about your apps? Bitdefender’s on-demand and on-install scanning feature scans your Android phone or tablet to make sure all your apps are legitimate and safe, checking each app after you install it and alerting you if there are any issues.
Complete Bitdefender security (opens in a new tab) it also protects your phone by using AI models to detect any unusual app activity, as well as intercepting threats before they hit them and flagging potential chat or message scams so you never fall victim to even the most devious threats.
Watch out for scams
Security scams are unfortunately a common part of everyday online life, and hackers and scammers want to deceive victims in any way they can. Since many of us check email or browse the internet on our mobile devices, it’s deceptively easy to accidentally click on the wrong link or website and end up on a scam site.
Luckily, Complete Bitdefender security (opens in a new tab) has built-in Scam Alert protection that blocks threats and websites it detects as harmful, keeping your phone safe.
To ensure your internet usage is protected from prying eyes, Bitdefender VPN encrypts all traffic on your device, offering up to 200 MB of encrypted traffic per day for Android and iOS devices.
Yours and only yours
If the worst happens and your mobile device is lost or stolen, you can still rest assured that your data is safe from criminals.
Complete Bitdefender security (opens in a new tab)Anti-Theft by Anti-Theft allows you to remotely locate, lock, wipe or message your device in case of loss or theft. It will even allow your phone to take a photo of anyone who tries to tamper with it by sending it to your Bitdefender Central account.
The platform’s App Lock tool can also protect your most valuable apps by securing them with a PIN code for an extra level of security, meaning no one can tamper with or change your settings or private information. Finally, the Smart Unlock tool means you can set your phone to only allow direct access to protected apps when using a trusted Wi-Fi network, keeping all your valuable information safe.
To stay up to date on all the latest threats, you can also get real-time updates on malware outbreaks and scams Bitdefender Blog (opens in a new tab).