Is there any other technology device as commonly used as the smartphone? Probably not. Smartphones have become a main source for social interactions, productivity, and entertainment. Because of this intimacy with its users, smartphones face the threat of compromising confidential information. If you are one of the many users who utilize their smartphone to view security cameras remotely, cyber-security awareness will help you implement the steps necessary to protect your application from hackers.
1. Access your apps from a secure network. Many places provide free Wi-Fi to attract customers but when it comes to protecting your security, it's best to toss this option out the window. Because public networks are more likely to be hacked, your remote viewing app along with passwords and confidential information could be compromised.
2. Identify if your app uses encryption. Most websites use HTTPS encryption to protect information and effectively secure communication but it doesn't necessarily mean your app will use it too. If the mobile app you use doesn’t encrypt your information, you can use your phone’s internet browser to access your camera’s login page. Use protected websites that have https at the beginning of the website's URL.
3. Update your App. Have you ever received an alert to update your phone or an app and ignored it? It might seem like its not a big deal but the reason this message is received it's because an update is needed to fix newly discovered threats that make your device vulnerable. Of course, updates don't always signify that something is wrong. Updating your app regularly helps it run smoothly by adding new features. You don't want to miss out on those either!
4. Use two-factor authentication (2FA). Aside from having a strong password for your smartphone and your security app, consider using two-factor authentication. This type of identification improves security by not relying solely on a password. If 2FA is not for you, practice logging out every time you use this app to prevent others from accessing it in case your smartphone is lost or stolen.
5. Check your phone for malware. Google Play store has been recently under scrutiny for accidentally hosting unsafe apps. These apps might seem legitimate but hide malicious code that hackers can use to access information on your smartphone. It is possible to check for malware by installing an AVG antivirus. This antivirus can detect and remove malicious software. Additionally, if you suspect that you have downloaded an app from an unauthorized website, uninstall it immediately.
Would you like more tips to improve cyber-security in other devices? Check out the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) website to learn more about National Cyber-security Awareness Month.