Most people assume that their mobile phones don’t need as much protection as their desktop or laptop devices, but that is far from the truth.
If you have a mobile phone, then you need to make sure it stays protected at all times. And there are many reasons why, mobile phones are simply smaller computers, in their essence, they’re just electronic devices and they need to be protected from security vulnerabilities and hacking attempts.
According to Statista, mobile phone users around the world is expected to reach around five billion users by 2019. And this may simply be a direct result of ease of access and lower cost of mobile phones compared to other types of electronic devices.
But this also means that hackers and all sorts of cybercriminals will have their attention focused on users of these smaller mobile devices.
And believe it or not, mobile devices are easier to hack than other types of devices simply because of their structure and people’s lack of protection.
How to protect your mobile phone?
Whether you’re using an Android, iOS or any other mobile operating system on your Smartphone, you are not immune to security vulnerabilities and hacking threats.
There are many reasons why hackers would want to hack into your mobile device:
- steal your personal data
- get access to your credit card info
- spy on your browsing activities
Just to name a few, if hackers would ever manage to hack into your ‘unprotected‘ device, it would be disastrous, the amount of information they would get from hacking into your device is not worth neglecting the safety and security of your device.
Luckily, mobile device owners can use a VPN software to help enhance their mobile’s security and protect their mobile data from hackers.
If you’re concerned about your online privacy and you don’t want hackers to easily hack into your mobile device (or any of your electronic devices) then a VPN application will help protect you from many security vulnerabilities.
Why you need a VPN?
A virtual private network (VPN) is a security and privacy technology which allows users to securely access private networks and browse the web anonymously through the use of multiple advanced security protocols such as layer 2 tunneling protocol (L2TP), secure sockets layer (SSL), transport layer security (TLS), just to name a few.
Typically a paid VPN will use multiple security protocols to protect their users’ data, which is not really the case with free alternatives.
A VPN software protects from hackers by hiding your IP address and encrypting your internet traffic, which makes it difficult for cybercriminals to spy on you or collect your data.
This is especially true if you’re always on the run and you often find yourself using free public Wi-Fi hotspots, as they are usually less secure than your home network since anyone nearby can connect to the network. A novice hacker with simple software can easily spy on everyone’s data across the public network.
But you don’t have to quit going to your favorite coffee shop or library, you can still use all public Wi-Fi networks with a VPN app to secure your connection.
You never want your sensitive information such as passwords and credit cards details to fall into the hands of hackers.