3DSC 2.23: Smartphone Security Part I

Today we will move into securing our mobile devices. At this point your laptop and desktop computers should be reasonably well-protected. Smartphones and tablets have the potential to represent an even greater attack surface is not secured properly. today’s task is to ensure your smartphone OSĀ  and all installed apps are updated. Ensuring all software is updated is the single greatest security measure you can take to protect your device from malware.

Difficulty: Easy
Active Time: 10 Minutes
What it Protects You From: Malware, remote access

Update Your OS

Android: To check for an update on your Android device, open the device’s Settings menu. Scroll to the bottom of the menu and click “Check for Update” or “Software Updates” (the exact verbiage may vary depending on your device). If an update is available do not delay in installing it. If you device has the option, permit automatic downloads of software updates. This will ensure you get them as soon as they are available.

iOS: If an update is available for your iOS device it will be automatically pushed from Apple and you will receive a notification. If you would like to check for an update manually, open the settings menu on your iOS device. Next, scroll to General. In this menu tap “Software Update”. The device will check for an update. If one is available, install it at your earliest convenience.

Update Your Apps

Android: To check for application updates on your Android device, open the Play Store and click the Menu button. Next, click “My Apps and Games”. Apps for which updates are available will be labeled “Update”. Tap “Update All” and allow the updates to download and install. I also highly recommend you allow automatic updates for apps as described in this article.

iOS: Open the App Store app. At the bottom of the screen tap “Updates”. This will retrieve a list of apps that have updates waiting or have been recently updated. Rather than updating manually, I recommend having updates install automatically. To do this, open the Settings app and scroll down to “iTunes & App Store”. Toggle “Automatic Downloads” to ON.

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