As you increasingly rely on technology for communication, work, and accessing services, the risks associated with cyber threats also rise. Fortunately, our smartphones and social media accounts already provide a wide variety of security features that can be easily enabled for maximum digital safety. This comprehensive guide is designed to help you navigate these features and implement effective strategies to protect your accounts, data, and devices.
Protect your devices from unauthorised access
Set a passcode to your devices
A strong passcode is your first line of defence. It should be difficult to guess and unique to each device.
👉 Avoid using easily guessable passcodes like 1-2-3-4 or 0-0-0-0.
👉 Change your passcode periodically for enhanced security.
Enable biometric authentication
Utilise fingerprint or facial recognition features for added security. Most modern devices offer these options in the security settings.
👉 Use biometric authentication in conjunction with a strong passcode.
Install updates in your devices and softwares
Keep your devices protected by regularly updating the operating system and softwares. Enable automatic updates in device settings to ensure you’re always running the latest version.
👉 Check for updates in your device settings and install them promptly.
👉 Enable automatic updates to install new versions as soon as they’re available.
Enable device tracking
Device tracking can help you locate your device if it's lost or stolen. This feature is available in the security settings of most smartphones.
👉 Ensure your device’s location services are turned on for accurate tracking.
Enable automatic backup of your devices
Protect your data by setting up automatic backups to a cloud service or an external drive.
👉 Choose a reliable backup service and schedule regular backups. Both Android and iPhone have one built-in.
👉 Regularly check your backup status to ensure your data is being saved correctly.
Safeguard your online accounts in multiple ways
Use strong and unique passwords
A strong, unique password for each account is essential. Avoid common phrases or using personal information like birthdays or names.
👉 Use a password manager to keep track of different passwords. You can use the built-on Keychain on all Apple devices, and Google Password Manager on Android.
👉 Change your passwords regularly and avoid reusing them across accounts.
👉 Don’t write down your passwords on paper or store them in plain text.
Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
MFA adds an extra security layer by requiring a code in addition to your password, making it much harder for someone to access your account, even if they somehow find out your credentials. This code is usually sent via SMS or an authentication app.
👉 Enable MFA in the security settings of your accounts.