Posted on December 18, 2016

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has issued an advisory on the ways of protecting smart devices. The tips have been shared by the ministry through its social media platforms.

Mobile devices have become an essential part of people’s daily lives but many are ignorant about the importance of securing them properly, the ministry said. “If we lose our mobile device, we not only have to replace it but could also lose sensitive information stored on it,” it observed, providing a series of dos and don’ts for users smart handheld devices. To avoid unauthorised access to a device, the user should lock it with a Personal Identification Number or fingerprint, the advisory states. People should only install apps from trusted sources. “Shop at reputable app stores, check other users’ reviews and ratings, and read the app’s privacy policy,” the MoI said.

Users need to back up their data as well. It is relatively easy to do and many smartphones and tablets have the capability to back up data wirelessly. “So, you can quickly restore the information on your phone if the data is lost or accidentally deleted,” the advisory noted.

source: Gulf Times