PTA issues six tips to secure mobile phones. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has disclosed useful tips for public as part of its awareness campaign to secure users’ mobile phones. Maximum number of cell phone users are facing security and privacy issues in the country.
This step is part of the campaign that PTA launched in early march where the authorities urged WhatsApp users to enable two-step security. PTA issues six tips to secure mobile phones are very useful and are generally recommended by cyber-security experts around the world.
A global media outlet TechRadar also declared 10 tips to secure mobile phone in 2014. However, this decision by telecom regulator of the country is a good step in right direction.
Following are the six tips issued by PTA:
1. Always lock your mobile using a “Pin/Password” to avoid its misuse.
2. Install Apps only from “trusted Apps stores”.
3. Turn-off Bluetooth connection of device when not in use.
4. Must encrypt data on internal and external media.
5. Timely installs updates/patches.
6. Always use a VPN on public Wi-Fi/un-trusted network.
By getting into details of the points, above-noted by PTA, it is always the best solution to use PIN/password/pattern to lock phone because other bio-metric technologies like fingerprint scanner and facial recognition setup could be easily fooled or misused.
Meanwhile, Bluetooth can also present major security risks as this wireless tech may connect with unwanted networks.
Therefore, it is recommended that Bluetooth must be turned off once used.
Installation of Android/iOS security updates and security patches is quite important as they secure phones and make them more invulnerable.
Moreover, the point that briefs use of “trusted apps” means that one must always install apps from Apple’s App Store or Google Play Store, other than these apps tend to be less secure.
However , Public Wifi hotspots have become one of major sources of data misuse and use of VPN to encrypt connections sounds like an impressive idea.
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