Tech Republic recently revealed 5 ways to help maintain smartphone privacy.

Given the festive season, you want to spend your time thinking about what Christmas songs should be played in the office or who is bringing in the mince pies on Friday.

The last thing you want to worry about is having your data stolen because of vulnerabilities within your smartphone.

If you think of your device security as a series of layers, it’s essential that you have the very basic ones in place, before building it up with sophisticated solutions.

Here are a few simple things you can do to review your mobile security:

1. Activate ‘Find My Phone’ service

iOS and Android phones provide device location services. If you haven’t already, install the appropriate app, set it up and ensure you’ve given the software authorisation to run.

If your phone is ever stolen, you’ll have the ability to completely wipe, deactivate or remotely lock your smartphone. These capabilities will help to fend off attempts at stealing your private details.

2. Password protect it

Possibly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of mobile security. Activate fingerprint unlock or ensure you have setup a password.

3. Update, update, update!

If you’re not running the latest operating system, you could be leaving your device open to unnecessary problems. Many regular updates from Android and iOS aim to improve security flaws.

In the same way that you must update your PC, smartphone devices require the same treatment.

4. App permissions

When you install a new app, it’s quite common not to pay attention to the permissions that an app is requesting. Before agreeing, take a moment to review the request as most apps ask for access to functions that they don’t need, which can put your security at risk.

To check the app permissions on your smartphone, simply open ‘Settings’ and within ‘Privacy’ you’ll be able to manage access levels.

5. Check your web browser tracker

Many of us regularly need to access the internet on our smartphones. The problem is that a large number of websites request permission to track your online movements, mainly for advertising purposes.

Not all websites use this information with ill intent, however, it does leave your device open to threats.

How to turn off browser tracker:

– Click ‘Settings’
– Click ‘Privacy and security’
– Turn on ‘Do not track’

– Click browser ‘Settings’
– Click ‘Privacy’
– Select ‘Send usage data – never’

Although it’s important to implement the above changes, as with any basic level security, there will always be ways to get around the obstacles.

Security is a key concern for many organisations. It’s imperative to protect the large volumes of data your business handles as breaches can have catastrophic consequences.

To do this, you need a comprehensive set of access control and data protection capabilities. Riverbank Enterprise Mobility + Security helps prevent and protect your business data from unauthorised access and modern threats, wherever it travels.

To discover how Riverbank can help to take your security to the next level, contact us on or call 01235 426 700.