How to Keep Mobile Safe with Password Tips?

How to Keep your Mobile Safe with Certain Password Tips to Follow?
How do you keep your mobile safe with specific password tips to follow?

Keep Mobile Safe with Password Tips

  • Have a strong passcode
  • Browser tools to help you create and remember passwords
  • Use Password manager apps
  • Have two-step or two-factor authentication
  • Make use of security keys
  • Change your passwords from time to time

These days, most mobile smartphones are Android Samsung Galaxy phones or iOS iPhones, which have great features to keep your mobile device and data safe.

You have various ways to lock your phone: a passcode or password, face recognition software, fingerprint and iris scanning, and many other wonderful secure ways to keep your mobile safe from data theft or misuse.

Numerous browser features, third-party tools, and even hardware dongles are now designed to help keep login credentials safe and secure.

6 Tips To Keep Mobile Safe

1. Have a strong passcode

Have a strong passcode
Have a strong passcode

This is the most commonly used by mobile users to lock and unlock their phones. You can make or create a strong password for your mobile.

  • The best way is to mix numbers, letters, and signs that are difficult to guess. Do not use common words, such as your date of birth, your name initials, or your marriage anniversary date, as people who know you well might track this down.
  • Instead, create passwords that can be something from your past that no one knows, like the street you first lived in, your cat’s birthday, your favourite celebrity TV show or even when you first quit your job; such dates people are least bothered to know.

The second is to keep the password long enough, maybe 8 to 15 characters. Also, don’t use only alphabets or numbers; use a mixture of characters or special characters. Don’t repeat the same password across multiple accounts; otherwise, your digital identity could be unlocked in one fell swoop.

Experts advise using a passphrase if you must create your password, which means a random collection of words interspersed with memorable characters and numbers.

But trying to remember a passphrase for every single account is not that easy, so you need to get help from your device to remember your password like an auto-fill tool.

2. Browser tools to help you create and remember passwords

Browser tools to help you create and remember passwords
Browser tools to help you create and remember passwords

The browsers that you use today on your mobile, be it Chrome or Safari, not only save your passwords for you—but also they can recommend new, secure passwords whenever you need to create a new one and can even warn you when you’re using the same password across multiple accounts.

  • If you use an iOS phone, go to the Safari menu, choose Preferences, open the Autofill tab, and tick Usernames and passwords. Then click the associated Edit button to see all the passwords Safari has saved.
  • You’ll see orange exclamation points next to the accounts that don’t have a unique password, so you might want to get those changed.
  • If you find yourself on a new sign-up page somewhere on the web, you’ll see Safari puts a key icon into the password box. Click this, then pick Suggest New Password to have the browser suggest a longer and stronger password than anything your feeble brain can create. If you try entering your password, Safari will rate its strength.

Even when you use the latest version of Chrome, when you have connected a Google account and synced all your information, you can save passwords. You can go to Settings from the app menu, and then when you click inside a password box, you’ll see a Suggest Strong Password option you can use.

If it doesn’t appear, right-click inside the password box and pick Generate password to get the desired help.

Note that the same password-generating features haven’t found their way to other browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge, but they do remember and sync your passwords for you.

3. Use Password manager apps

Password manager apps
Use Password Manager apps.

The password manager apps also generate and remember passwords for you as a browser, not just on the web but also across your mobile devices.

They can even be used to store security information that you don’t have to tap into a phone where you enter a PIN to unlock the device.

These password managers typically install themselves as browser extensions on the watch whenever a password needs to be created or entered, with everything protected by one master password.

One is LastPass, where you click the browser extension button and then Generate a Secure Password to create a new password. You even get to set parameters like password length if you need to be specific.

Some of the best apps are 1Password, Dashlane, and Keeper. Although browsers now add some of the same functionality, a dedicated app often offers valuable extras, like secure and protected file storage.

4. Have two-step or two-factor authentication

Two factor authentication for passwords
Have two-step or two-factor authentication.

You can enable two-factor authentication on all your accounts, whether connected to your email on mobile, Facebook app account, or any other social media app.

It means that even if someone should get hold of your username and password, that person still can’t access your account as they still need an extra code typically sent to your phone as a text message or voice call on your mobile to authenticate and verify that it’s you only and not any other person trying to capture your mobile or any associated account.

  • You can also have a backup option and two-factor authentication if you lose access to your phone and wish to log in from your device.
  • When your mobile phone or computer has been recognised, you don’t have to use two-factor authentication every time on that particular device.

Most apps and services deploy two-factor authentication in more or less the same way. For example, on Facebook or Instagram, you can enable two-factor authentication and then follow the prompts on the screen.

5. Make use of security keys

Make use of security keys
Make use of security keys.

These days, especially in the banking sector, many other software companies, such as Google, provide security keys to keep your password and data safe on your mobile or PC.

This is a beneficial extra layer of protection on top of your super-strong password. It works like two-factor authentication because you need another ‘credential’ for account access.

However, whereas determined hackers can intercept texted codes, a two-factor authentication dongle is something physical you have on your person.

  • Someone would have to know your username and password and steal your security key device to gain access to your account on a computer or mobile you haven’t logged into before.
  • These keys can work via NFC/Bluetooth or a USB port to prove you are who you say you are, but only some accounts support the tech, like Facebook, Dropbox, or Google.

You can buy keys straight from Google or Amazon, like the FIDO U2F standard, to keep your device safe and sound.

6. Change password

Change password
Change password

Finally, it would be best to keep your passcodes safe. Many people, especially the elderly or people with dementia, don’t remember their passcodes.

The best way is to save it in your Password Manager tool, jot it down in your diary, and keep it in a safe, locked place or cabinet.

It is also better to change your passwords frequently. If you have accounts or apps you’ve not used in a long while, close them down and disconnect them from the apps you use on your mobile phones. Remember, safety is in your hands.

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Kamal Kaur