As technology continues to evolve and become a centralized part of everyday life, data privacy is continuously being compromised. While smartphone technology has allowed individuals to transact business and quickly access data, sensitive personal and private information is left vulnerable to entities that may collect and use it without permission. Or worse, hackers use it for fraudulent transactions.
Data Privacy Privacy Concerns
There are many privacy issues surrounding the use of smartphones and data privacy. Since a smartphone serves a dual-purpose (phone and computer), all data on the phone can be at risk. These are a just a few of the items that can be compromised:
- Text messages and e-mails
- Financial data
Smartphones are now being used to manage business and conduct financial transactions. Signature programs that require a digital signature are being accepted without solid confirmation of the owner’s identity. Activity tracking is also becoming the standard practice on smartphones. In turn, this leaves individuals susceptible to being compromised without their knowledge.
Protect your Smartphone Privacy
The use of all smartphone applications should be closely monitored. Applications are now asking for permission to access all types of information. This can compromise the data privacy on your phone and leave your sensitive information open to unauthorized retrieval. Read every application and document that attempts to collect personal information very closely. Here are a couple of ways to protect your phone and personal information:
- Use a password
- Keep your OS system updated
- Disable photo geotags
- Do not give apps access to your personal information
- Do not save passwords on your phone
- Use a security lockout
- Install security software that will locate or wipe your phone clean
- If you switch or discard your phone, remove the SIM card
- The FCC has a smartphone checking feature which you should use to protect and monitor your phone.
Take the time to be proactive in protecting your interests to stay ahead of the curve. Maintaining data privacy is your future – protect it!
How do you protect your data privacy on your smartphone?