Essential phone security tips

How to keep your phone private

Monday 30 May, 2022

How to protect your phone privacy

Privacy is a vital factor that everyone should be thinking about when they are using their mobile phone. So often, online privacy is given little regard by users, and they often neglect to consider what privacy actually means and how to protect their phone and themselves. 

In this article we wanted to highlight the wide and varying aspects of phone privacy. It will give you solutions to be able to take the steps you need to make your phone private and protect yourself whilst using your phone. 

1. Check your Apps access rights

It is important to understand what your downloaded apps have permission to access while you are using them, and in many cases, when you are not using them. Often apps will seek access to your GPS to track your location or ask for permission to access files, microphone or the camera. 

When you consider the sheer volume of data and the nature of the information that apps can be looking for, it really highlights the need for privacy. 

Apps can try to take a wide variety of data, including:

  • Contact Information
  • Browsing History
  • Search History
  • Health and Fitness Data
  • Identifiers
  • Location
  • Purchases
  • Sensitive Information
  • Usage Data
  • Contacts
  • Diagnostic Data
  • User Content
  • Financial Information
  • Other Data

Make sure all of these permissions are turned off. This will prevent the apps from gaining access to your phone’s functions and help to protect your privacy. 

And, if in doubt, delete the app!

2. Don’t share your phone’s access PIN

It sounds obvious, but there are still many people that share their phone’s access PIN with family members or even friends and work colleagues. This allows those people to look through your phone and read your messages and emails, or look through your photos. Naturally, this would be a breach of your trust and privacy, so it is best avoided. 

3. Only use strong passwords

Believe it or not there are still some users who do not protect their phone with a password, Face ID, or similar to gain access, simply leaving it as a swipe only. This is not advisable in any way. 

You should always protect your phone privacy with Face ID or strong passwords or codes.

Equally, for apps or services that also use passwords, the passwords should only be stored in a secure password manager. You will be able to create strong, complex passwords without having to remember them or have them saved in a browser or even write them down. 

4. Encryption, encryption, encryption

Using methods of communications that have strong end-to-end encryption is a vital part of ensuring that you maintain your privacy. There are many different providers of messaging apps and email providers that claim to have a strong encryption system to protect you, but not all are what they claim to be. 

It is worth understanding the limitations of some end-to-end encryption claims. Our article WhatsApp vs PRIVY Chat – True end-to-end encryption explained will help to shed some light on this topic. 

5. Don’t use public wi-fi

By using public wi-fi, you cannot always guarantee how secure your access will be. The open system allows an easy point of entry for those looking at gaining access to your information. The simple answer is to not join any public wi-fi at all. Examples of public wi-fi hotspots include: train stations, cafes, hotels and pubs, to name a few.

Whenever out of range of trusted wi-fi access points you should always turn off both wi-fi and Bluetooth to avoid auto connection to insecure hotspots.

6. Upgrade your phone

The make of mobile phone you use will play a big part in how your privacy will be protected. Most manufacturers will claim to have secure phones, however, some are more secure than others.

The iPhone 13, for example, does have a range of systems and technologies in place to help protect your privacy. But, when you consider that much of your data and information is backed up to the iCloud, that does pose a potential risk of a hacker being able to gain access to your saved information and one that you will have no control over.

The Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 on the other hand, does not store any files anywhere, other than the phone itself. 

The phone comes with pre-installed military grade encryption, along with a wide range of other systems to protect your privacy. These include:

  • Peer-to-peer chat
  • Secure group-chat
  • Peer-to-peer VoIP calls
  • Secure file sharing (up to 100Mb per file) 
  • PGP Chat
  • Fully encrypted file storage
  • Zero-attack surface
  • Triple password protection
  • Verified boot

The added privacy protection provided by the Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 is the ideal option for businesses and individuals who prize their personal privacy and need to ensure they remain protected at all times. 

If you would like to discuss how the Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 can be of benefit to you, then please call one of our team and they will be happy to help.

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