The pandemic is far from over with multiple cases being reported every day. Venturing out unnecessarily is still not safe. Smartphones have solved a big problem by allowing us to manage our funds while sitting at home or the office. However, you need to be careful. Let us help!
Nowadays, most of us use our smartphones for mobile banking for which, we enter some crucial information such as bank account numbers, passwords Credit Card details etc. on our smartphones. Mobile banking is indeed a very convenient task but ever wondered what will happen if this information is hacked or leaked? What if your smartphone is lost?
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If you frequently use your smartphone for mobile banking, then you should take some measures to protect your crucial data. Read on to find out 8 mobile-banking tips for secure and safe banking via smartphone.
Here we go:
Always put a screen lock on your smartphone using a PIN or pattern, whichever you think will be easier for you to remember but difficult for others to judge! You can also enable automatic screen lock on your phone which will lock if it is left unattended for some time. It will protect your phone from unauthorised access by some other person. Some smartphones come with fingerprint scanner which you can use to your advantage.
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Update The Software Regularly
Besides new features, software updates sometimes come with some improved privacy controls which protect the device against malware attacks. Make it a practice to download software updates as soon as they are released. Also, update your banking apps regularly. You can enable automatic updates but certain apps need to be updated manually. Keep track of such apps and update them regularly.
Download Apps From Trusted Stores
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Download An Anti-Virus App
Download an anti-virus app with good ratings on your smartphone. There are numerous anti-virus apps that are available on app stores for free. Make sure you check the rating of the app before downloading it since there are many fake apps available that infect the devices instead of protecting them from malware.
Turn Off Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/Location Services When Not In Use
Make sure you switch off Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/Location services on your device when it is not in use. Not only will it save a lot of battery juice but it will also keep your data safe by restricting hackers from accessing information on your device.
Log Out of Websites After Making Payments
Mobile banking is convenient but make sure you log out of the website once the transaction is complete. If you don’t logout, there is a possibility that someone with access to your phone may use the same information to make payments. So logout out of the website immediately after making transaction and avoid saving passwords on your device.
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Use Strong Passwords & Change Them Frequently
Never use your name, birthday or any such information as your password which can be judged by others easily. Always use strong passwords with a combination of alphanumeric and special characters. Also, change your passwords frequently.
Report Suspicious Activity
Inform your bank immediately if some suspicious activity such as unknown transaction takes place. Check your Credit Card statements regularly.
We hope this helps!
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