Mobile Security for Travelers with an iPhone

In an increasingly digital world, smart technology is revolutionizing the way consumers process information, communicate with each other, as well as interact with their surroundings. But every time a new innovation creates waves, so does the concern over mobile security increase.

Mobile security for travelers has become a hot button topic over the last few years. An interconnected world means that consumers anywhere can get their hands on the latest gadget in the tech market. However, in the rush to stay current, most consumers forget about personal protection and mobile security when traveling.

Today, travelling around the world has come to demand the presence of a constant companion: the iPhone. This has made mobile security a major safety issue for travelers.

We use the iPhone for a variety of travel needs including making calls, mapping routes, taking memorable photos, live streaming videos, and running transactions. According to statistics compiled on mobile security, 94% of consumers under the age of 35 access banking services through the web and mobile apps.

Mobile security can be accomplished by implementing certain strategies when using the iPhone. Potential risks include mobile malware (malicious apps), spoofing (fake WiFi networks), and cloning biometric identification (picking up your fingerprints from a beer mug) amongst others. The following tips concerning mobile security will go a long way in making your travel experience a smooth and enjoyable one:

• Rule number 1 on mobile security. Always secure your iPhone with a passcode. If someone happens to pick your pocket or you accidentally drop the iPhone somewhere, at least no one will be able to reach your personal data.

• A lot of consumers enable their iPhones to remember passwords for apps. Despite its convenience, it’s a BIG red flag in mobile security. In the unfortunate event of someone hacking into your phone, he or she will have access to everything.

• Download updates and keep your mobile operating system and apps up to date. These updates are free and protect your iPhone from malicious software. You don’t want your iPhone going weird on you in between a video stream.

• Downloading apps from trusted sources like your iPhone’s App Store is another great way to ensure mobile security for your phone.  

• Avoid monetary transactions on public WiFi. Such networks are not secured, and hackers can easily access your iPhone details. 

• Websites with URLs “https” (instead of “http”) are secure and more reliable for any type of transaction or travel booking. Starting 2017, Google Chrome will begin marking websites without SSL encryption as unsecured and risky. A green padlock symbol is a sign that a website is part of mobile security, and is safe for user interactions.

• Use encrypted messaging systems (Apple iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp) for sending sensitive information such as the details of your travel bookings, your itinerary, etc. As a rule of thumb in mobile security, it is best to avoid sharing personal data such as passport and credit card information.

• Last but an extremely valuable tool concerning mobile security when traveling. Install a “find your phone tool”, and enable your iPhone to be tracked by GPS. If you have lost your iPhone, you can use any major carrier’s GPS service to discover its location.

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