It’s great to be able to share social media posts with family and friends while you are away on holiday or research the best nearby restaurants. However, it’s no fun if your smartphone gets infected with a virus or a Trojan while surfing over public WLANs or downloading apparently useful apps. You can avoid a lot of trouble by following a few basic rules. If like us and you travel quite often you need to be aware of the dangers, check out this infographic sent to us from Nokia and HMD Global
Be cautious when using public WLANs
Accessing free Wi-Fi is a popular way to save on roaming charges when travelling abroad, but be cautious! If you use the unsecured WLANs often found in hotels or cafés, hackers can easily take control of your smartphones or spy on the stored data. If you can’t avoid WLAN access, you should think about using a VPN app: VPNs ensure privacy and security by routing data through a virtual ‘private tunnel’ preventing hackers from spying on your data. You can find trusted VPN apps for Android smartphones in Google Play using the keyword VPN.
Download Android apps from Google Play
“Rental cars at unrivaled prices! Get our free app now!” Offers like this may seem irresistible, but be vigilant as the app could be a clever ruse to install malware on your phone. How can you protect your smartphone? Have a close look at where the app is available for download: if it is not listed in a trusted source like Google Play in the case of an Android smartphone, then you may not want to touch it! According to a recent Google report*, Android devices that use apps from sources other than Google Play are nine times more likely to be infected with Trojans or viruses than those whose owners only use Google Play.
Why are Google Play apps more reliable? All apps offered in Google Play are robustly tested before being added to the catalogue. In addition, thanks to Google Play Protect, they get checked on a daily basis even if they are already installed on the smartphone and the device is offline. This is true not only for smartphones featuring the latest Android operating system but also for older models. Even highly affordable entry-level smartphones such as the Nokia 1 and Nokia 2.1, both equipped with Android Oreo (Go edition), benefit from Google Play Protect’s security strategy. Cutting-edge security does not have to be a question of price.
A reasonably priced secondary device improves recreation
Your smartphone knows your friends and family, stores personal photos and your confidential social chats, and often keeps track of your account and credit card information. Nobody wants to lose that treasure trove or put vulnerable data in the hands of third parties. Perhaps we should think about whether we need all of that out and about on a city break or beach holiday. Why not leave that vital primary phone at home or in the hotel safe? For about €99.00 you can now buy a powerful smartphone such as the Nokia 1, so that you can relax and enjoy yourself. If you’ve ever lost your data or had your expensive smartphone stolen out of your pocket, you’ll understand only too well that buying a second phone could be a wise investment.