NSA suggests these 11 mobile security tips to Android and iPhone users

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The National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States has recently issued a set of comprehensive guidelines aimed at enhancing the security of Android and Apple iPhone users against various digital threats such as hacks and snooping campaigns. These guidelines are particularly pertinent for users in India and other Asian countries, which have been increasingly targeted by sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Outlined below are the top 11 mobile security tips recommended by the NSA:

Location Services: Users are advised to avoid carrying their devices to sensitive locations and to disable location services when not needed. Furthermore, it’s recommended to restrict access to location tracking features for mobile applications, enabling them only when necessary.

Powering Off the Device: Security agencies are advocating for regular powering off of mobile devices, as this simple action can disrupt potential malware. In-fact in an interview last year, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese urged the same to his country’s populace.

Avoid Sharing Sensitive Information: Users should refrain from sharing sensitive information such as card details, Aadhaar or Green Card details, and banking information on their mobile phones to prevent exploitation by online criminals.

Exercise Caution with Email and SMS Links: Users are urged to exercise caution when clicking on URL links shared via SMS or emails from unknown senders, as they may lead to malicious content or mobile ransomware.

Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth: It’s advisable to disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use, as leaving them enabled can pose security risks. Additionally, connecting to public Wi-Fi networks can potentially compromise device security.

Keep Software and Apps Updated: Regularly updating the software and apps on mobile devices is crucial, as it helps to patch vulnerabilities and enhance security.

Utilize Biometrics: Using biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint or PIN to secure account access adds an extra layer of security to mobile applications and data.

Screen Lock: Enabling automatic screen lock after a period of inactivity helps to prevent unauthorized access to the device by acquaintances or strangers.

Download Apps from Official Stores: Users are advised to download apps only from official app stores to minimize security risks. Furthermore, it’s recommended to refrain from storing or entering sensitive data into applications.

Microphone and Camera Security: Covering the device’s camera and disabling the microphone when not in use can mitigate the risk of unauthorized surveillance by malicious software.

Password Protection: Users should avoid using easily guessable passwords and opt for strong, alphanumeric passwords with a minimum length of 9 to 12 characters to secure online accounts effectively.

By adhering to these mobile security best practices, users can significantly reduce their vulnerability to various cyber threats and safeguard their personal and sensitive information effectively.

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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