After computers and laptops, it is now the mobile phones and the smartphones which are expected to bear the brunt of malware attacks.
If you haven’t hacked/jail-broken your iPhone or Windows Phone 7, you have little to worry about … for the moment atleast, since apps for these phones are installed through their respective MarketPlace/iTunes/Zune websites. These apps are checked, digitally signed and vetted by the respective companies, viz Apple and Microsoft.
You may have heard of several recent reports of Android Phones being infected by malware. Basically the Android apps were carriers of malware and these were installed by the phone users.
Nevertheless, its always a good practice to follow some basic steps to ensure the security of your smart phone, since you carry your important data and your virtual world in it!
Here are a few tips which may help you to secure your Windows Phone 7.
1. Set your IE browser to not store Cookies. Cookies are small files on your phone that websites use to remember things like your password or preferences, so you don’t have to retype information each time you visit. If you choose to have it store cookies, then regularly delete your IE browser cookies and browsing history.
2. Use passwords to protect your Windows Phone and important data. Set up a password for the WP7 lockscreen. Imagine what would happen if your un-protected phone were to get lost! Everything including your social networking accounts, email accounts, important data, would be available to a total stranger, for potential misuse. Use a secure password manager or an eWallet app to save and store all your important passwords, and credentials and data safely.
3. Install your WP7 Phone updates as soon as they are made available. These may be some security updates too!
4. If your smartphone has a “Find My Phone” feature that helps you find it if you lose it or if it is stolen, do the needful and enable it. Windows Phone 7 includes a “Find My Phone” feature that allows you to find a lost phone, lock it remotely, and also wipe it remotely so that no one can get access to the information there. iPhone also has a “Find my iPhone” feature. If your phone does not have this feature, you can usually install a third-party app that can do this for you.
5. Download Games and Apps only from trusted sources. For Windows Phone, you can only install apps from the Zune Marketplace. This means that they have been digitally signed, which reduces your risk. As mentioned, Apple uses the same model for iPhone. With Google’s Android, you have to be careful!
6. Use a PIN (Personal Identification Number) for the SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card in your phone to prevent people from making unauthorized phone calls.
7. Avoid accessing password protected websites when using a public or an unsecured WiFi network as WiFi hackers can easily capture your passwords and access your data over such networks.