You can protect your mobile device from most internet threats by following simple safety rules.
There are a few general safety rules to follow when on the internet: use an antivirus and a password manager, come up with complex passwords, try to avoid public Wi-Fi networks, and beware of online fraud.
There are a number of recommendations on using the internet from a mobile device.
Lock the screen
Enable the screen lock on your device so that fraudsters can't use it and the device doesn't make calls, send messages, or make purchases without your knowledge.
Use a PIN, password, or pattern to unlock:
- Go to.
- Click Screen lock.
- Choose a screen lock method:
Note. Biometrics is the most modern and effective way of protecting your device.Note. A complex password consisting of letters and numbers is the most secure non-biometric protection method for your device. PIN codes and patterns are easily hacked.
- Built-in fingerprint sensor.
- Face recognition (the name and technology depend on the smartphone model).
- PIN code.
Use a passcode and Touch ID or Face ID:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap(iPhone 5S and above) or (iPhone X and above).
- Tap Turn Passcode On or Change Passcode.
- Set up Touch ID or Face ID following the instructions on the screen.
Download apps from official app stores
Download apps only from official sources, for example, Google Play or App Store. By downloading programs from unverified sites, you risk getting malware. You may install a fraudulent app that looks exactly the same as the official one. Always check how many people downloaded the app. For example, if a banking app was downloaded only 50 times, don't install it.
Install Google Play Protect, which regularly checks your apps and the device for security threats: To do this:
- Go to
- Enable the Scan device for security threats option.
Clean the system
It's a good idea to regularly clean the system from unnecessary files, such as cache files or duplicate photos and videos. This improves the system performance.
We recommend using free utilities:
Update software on the device
Update the system software and apps on your mobile device regularly or enable auto-update. Manufacturers constantly monitor for bugs and vulnerabilities and release fixes that protect users from new types of attacks. For example, Yandex Browser has a built-in active protection system called Protect, which constantly updates its databases of viruses, malicious extensions, fraudulent sites, and other threats.
Use two-factor authentication
Don't give other people access to your account (profile and Apple ID) even if you're completely sure that it's safe.
Turn on two-factor authentication. This is an extra security measure that ensures that only you can access your account even if someone else knows the password. To log in to your account, you will need the usual login and password and a one-time code that you receive by SMS or email.
Turn off notifications on the lock screen
Texts, emails, messages from social networks and messengers, one-time codes for confirming bank transactions, and other notifications can be displayed on the lock screen. If you don't want other people to see your confidential information, disable notifications on the lock screen.
- Go to.
- Click Lock screen notifications.
- Select Do not show.
- Go to.
- Click Show Previews.
- Select Never.