How to avoid Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos Mobile Security pitfalls

We all know that Amazon Chief’s Jeff Bezos might have been hacked when he shared his number with a Saudi prince who later used phony tactics to gain access to the world’s richest businessman’s WhatsApp account and stole his private conversations and photos at some time in 2018.

Now, to those who are feeling paranoid about facing such circumstances, here’s a list of precautions which when followed might help avoid the Mobile Security Pitfalls made by the Amazon CEO.

Use two-factor authentication where ever it is possible, especially while using web services related to Google.

Although many websites and apps say that they can self-destruct or delete the data of their users as soon as they log out, online users need to be cautious that these are just trumpeting marketing techniques as we do not exactly know what happens behind the screens.

Better to visit to find out whether your email id and other data have been dumped into the public. If so, better to change the password of your account related to that service.

Do not fall prey to the alluring marketing gimmicks of some companies which somehow try to take down your details like contact number and email ids in the parking lots of large shopping malls or at public gatherings.

Always keep your phone and laptop auto-update feature on

Nowadays, many OEM manufactures offering smartphones are offering hardware-based security which helps keep apps away from reading the metadata of calls and messages unless you permit them. So, better to use a device that has the latest software and hardware on its platform as it makes complete sense in situations where mobile security concerns are surging.

If your device allows, then it is better to turn on the disk encryption feature. This feature helps when you submit your damaged device at an authorized service center

Limiting the usage of location data to apps makes sense

Never access web services through public Wi-Fi’s as you never know who is snooping on your device via a public network-specific

If you happen to give your phone or laptop to your neighbor or friend, do keep an eye on their activities as it always helps you in one way or the other.

If you are a traveler, better not store any sensitive info on your device and use a cloud-based storage platform to access info in such situations.

For extra precaution, you can put a tape on the camera and the mic of your laptop as it helps bar any hacker conducting espionage through your device through a malware.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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