The Top 4 Ways To Secure Your Mobile Phone Communication

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By Allen Brown, freelance writer.

Digital communications are no longer just about email or browsing the Internet securely anymore. Email is still essential, but staying connected with your co-workers via instant messages has become increasingly important. Being able to chat on social media channels anytime from wherever you are, means our smartphones are now our primary connection point for work play. Intercepting your mobile phone traffic has become an increasing problem. This poses a problem because hackers usually have little protection when using public Wi-Fi or cellular networks.

Today most wireless carriers are using the same unsecured cellular networks that were prevalent 15 years ago, which means that almost anyone with basic hacking skills can listen in on calls or read text messages passed between you and your contacts.

This type of interception is known as a Man-in-The-Middle (MITM) attack. Someone means to disrupt or monitor your communications, so it is becoming increasingly important for individuals, companies, and businesses to employ countermeasures to protect their communications from being intercepted.

Some of the top ways to secure your mobile phone communication are as follows.

1. Use End-To-End Encryption

The first way you can secure your mobile phone communication is by using end-to-end encryption. End-to-end encryption is a type of cryptography where only the sender and receiver can read the message.

The data itself is encrypted, so even if an attacker intercepted and successfully decoded the message, they would not understand what it said. It's like having a secret code that you and your contact both know, but no one else does. There are several ways end-to-end encryption can be applied to prevent SMS hijacking in Man-in-the-Middle attacks. You could also use end-to-end encryption by encrypting all the data sent over Wi-Fi on your mobile phone, even when connected to public networks such as coffee shops, airports, and hotels. This is made possible by using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) or secure proxy connections.

2. Protect Your Device With Strong Passwords And Backup Everything

Regardless of how secure your mobile phone communication is, if you don't protect the device itself with a strong password, it's only a matter of time before an attacker can gain physical access to it. Then, extract sensitive data using micro SD card extraction or USB OTG.

The best way to do this is by setting a solid alphanumeric password that isn't any shorter than ten characters, but for added security, you can use both numbers and letters or change up your pattern frequently. When creating this password, always ensure that it isn't based on information about yourself, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and street names. These are the first things attackers try when trying to crack passwords. Instead, it would help mix up different characters such as numbers, capital and lowercase letters, and symbols such as punctuation marks.

Another way to protect your device is by preventing unauthorized access by keeping personal files such as photos and documents in a secure password-protected folder or on an encrypted external drive. You can also back up all of your data, so if something happens to the phone, you still have all of your data which can be restored later or stored securely in the cloud for added protection.

To do this wirelessly, you will need to download an app called Double Backup Contact Photos & Videos. The app automatically backs up all of your contacts and their photos, videos, and other information while saving it locally on the device itself so that you aren't just uploading everything online. This method works because attackers can't access local data unless they have physical access to the device.

3. Protect Your Personal Data With Encryption & Anti-Theft Tools

If all of this sounds too tedious for your liking, then there are many apps designed with security in mind that can automatically do everything for you so that you don't have to lift a finger. One is called Touch ID & Passcode Lock, whose name pretty much explains how it works as it allows users to protect their device by using either a fingerprint or passcode. The password is required every time the app is opened. All of the apps on your device are protected, so personal photos, videos, call logs, and text messages can't be accessed by anyone who tries to access them without knowing your password.

In addition to this, you should also have an anti-theft service installed, which notifies you if someone tries turning off Report Location or Erase All Data within the app. It prevents your data from being deleted remotely, along with a detailed message that's sent directly to law enforcement. There aren't many security-related apps available for iOS devices. However, one good example is Lookout Mobile Security which includes everything from antivirus protection, remote lock & wipes, backup solutions, secure web browsing, and password management.

4. Protect Your Device From Unauthorized Access

Even if you don't have device protection enabled, it shouldn't be too difficult to protect your data by restricting access to unauthorized users so they can't open or delete anything without knowing the correct password. You can use either a passcode or pattern lock to prevent access. Every time someone tries accessing any of your apps or sensitive content, the passcode is required to enter the incorrect password within the last four hours of successfully using the app.

Another way to prevent unauthorized access is by using the Touch ID function on an iPhone or iPad, which acts like a fingerprint lock that can be used to unlock information every time your device is unlocked. To set this up, you will need to go into Settings, tap General and then scroll down before tapping Passcode & Fingerprint, where you should see the option for "Fingerprints" underneath "Passcode." Here you can choose which fingers are allowed to be recognized or tap "Add a fingerprint" followed by placing your finger eight times on different sections of the home button.

In a world where privacy is one of the biggest concerns, securing your mobile phone communication has never been more critical. Many people have been using apps to help protect themselves from being spied on by their governments, along with hackers, cybercriminals, and other individuals who might mean them harm. The best apps mentioned above will allow you to do this, so it should be easy for you to get started right away if you're looking for a way to keep yourself safe online as well as offline.

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