Simple Tricks to Save You From Potential Phone Hackers


That feeling of realizing your phone might be hacked? You scramble to change passwords, lock down accounts, and hope the damage isn’t too bad. As a tech expert, I hear this story all too often. People come to me after losing social media accounts (sometimes allegedly to foreign hackers), having money stolen from their bank accounts, or even having private photos, and credential documents exposed (often from unclear origins). And the question I always ask is: “How did they get into your phone?” Frustratingly, the answer is usually… “I don’t know.”

That’s why I decided to write this guide. By following these simple steps, you can take control and protect your phone from hackers – because let’s face it, our phones are practically extensions of ourselves these days. Phones store not just personal information and financial details – your entire life on a device you hold in your palm. This convenience, however, makes them a prime target for hackers. By following these procedures, you don’t need to be a tech whiz to keep your phone safe. Here are some simple tricks to outsmart potential phone hackers.

Strong Passwords
Ditch the “123456” and “password.” Create strong, unique passwords for every account. They should be a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Also, consider writing them down in your private notebook so you don’t forget them. I don’t advise using a password manager.

Two-factor authentication (2FA)
Even strong passwords can be compromised. Enable 2FA whenever possible. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring a code, sent to your phone, authenticator app or email, to log in.

Download with Caution
Only download apps from trusted sources like the official app store on your phone. Read reviews and check permissions before installing anything. Be cautious of apps that ask for excessive permissions.

Stay Away from Suspicious Links
The most common way people get hacked is through malicious links. Phishing attempts are widespread. Avoid clicking on links in emails or text messages from unknown senders. If you’re unsure about a link, contact the sender directly through a trusted channel to verify its legitimacy.

Public Wi-Fi: Friend or Foe?
‘Unapenda vitu vya bure,’ but at least avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive activities like online banking. If you must use it, consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your data.

Additionally, turn off Wi-Fi when not in use, this reduces the window of opportunity for hackers to sneak into your phone.

Keep Your Software Up-to-Date
Yes, keep your phone updated with the latest software, as updates often include security patches. Enable automatic updates whenever possible to ensure you always have the latest protection.

Be Mindful of Bluetooth
It may sound like a joke, but it’s crucial, especially for iPhone users: keep Bluetooth off when not in use. Hackers can exploit Bluetooth connections to steal data.

Use App Permissions Wisely
Regularly review the permissions granted to your apps. Some apps request access to data and features they don’t need. Limit access to only what is necessary for the app to function.

Secure Your Lock Screen
Use a strong PIN, password, or biometric authentication (e.g., fingerprint or face recognition) to secure your lock screen. Avoid simple patterns or easily guessable codes.

By following these simple tricks, you can significantly reduce your risk of falling victim to phone hackers. Remember, a little caution goes a long way in protecting your valuable data and privacy. Stay vigilant, stay updated, and keep your phone secure.

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Isaac Odwako O.
Okumu Isaac Odwako, professionally known as Isaac Nymy, is a Ugandan internet entrepreneur and digital designer. He is the founder and CEO of Nymy Media and the founder of Nymy Net.
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