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10 Common Smartphone Mistakes That Expose You To Security Risks

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Smartphones have unarguably evolved into an irreplaceable part of our daily lives . Think of  how many times do you use your phone  in a day? Quite a lot times I guess . With such an important device that’s a vital part of our daily lives, I must say I’m quite shocked and surprised by the mistakes and errors people make on smartphones and unnecessarily expose themselves to security risks.

Here’s a quick list of the most common mistakes people make

1.Not Locking Your Phone

It may seem like stress to type in your screen lock password or draw your unlock pattern any time you want to use your phone but this is one  the easiest ways to prevent unauthorized access and/or use of your phone.

Hackers can crack any screen lock security with some given time, but this step gives you  a basic form of first level security that will prevent most people from accessing your phone.

The best type of security code for smartphones are  PINs or  more preferably passwords .

Screen patterns  can easily be hacked. Set your
phone to lock the screen after one minute of being idle.

2.Not Turning On The AntiTheft Feature On Your Phone On

Not all smartphones come with this but with this option, the phone has a second layer of security. I once sold a Tecno H3 to one of my friends, I forgot that I set the AntiTheft feature on. Even after he flashed the phone, the AntiTheft feature was still in place. He couldn’t use the phone until I unlocked it. One good thing about the anti theft feature is that once your SIM is removed, the app will anonymously send an SMS with the next sim card that’s slotted in the phone to the number that you selected as security numbers.

Once your phone gets stolen, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Except of course your pictures..

3.Joining Public Wi-Fi Networks

Some people are fond of doing this, joining any Wi-Fi network they see forgetting that this is also a major security risk. Information and data transmitted over public Wi-Fi networks are visible to anybody on the network if they know how to view it.

Hackers can easily steal your details  and remotely access your smartphone. If you have to connect to a public Wi-Fi network, make sure you’re using a VPN like Droid VPN or TUNNEL BEAR VPN . VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is a method to connect to websites securely . Otherwise, use your mobile data network.

4.Not Having An Antivirus Installed

Some people will go to great lengths to make sure they have the latest and most up-to-date antivirus for their PC but the protection for their smartphone is Zero .  85% of  most smartphones do not have security or Antivirus apps pre-installed  . Only a number of smartphone users  install antivirus and other security software.

I recommend  Bitdefender , AVG and Avast to secure your Android phone .

By installing an antivirus on your smartphone, you also avoid transferring a virus to your computer via USB which is a common problem these days.

Some damaged memory cards may have the shortcut virus that replicates itself many times in a PC as shortcuts to programs but this can be fixed with Smadav PC Antivirus.

5.Forgetting or Refusing To Install  Updates

Most Smartphone manufacturers use software updates to improve functionality and to fix security gaps. In general, you should accept updates to your phone’s operating system as soon as you are notified. If you don’t have enough data try subscribing and updating your phone.

The same goes with applications on your phone. Make it a habit to regularly update the software running on your smartphone.

6.Not Verifying Your Apps Before Installing
Only few people verify applications before they download and install them. By verification , I mean  carrying out some basic research before installing an app.

Many smartphone users download and install applications that come packaged with malware that gives a remote hacker root access.

Most recently users have been hit with the Quadrooter and Gooligan Malwares.

Quadrooter constantly shows pop-up ads and installs apps without permission. All this can be avoided.

I think where the problem lies is mainly with Android phones because of  the relaxed rules required to host an app in the Play Store. iPhone users are safer due to Apple’s closed wall policy.

7.Clicking On Any Link You See
It’s generally more difficult to spot a fake login page on a smartphone than on a computer. Furthermore, shortened URLs make it extremely difficult to detect illegitimate addresses. The best way to stay secure is to avoid clicking on suspicious links sent via SMS or instant messaging apps.

8.Jailbreaking or Rooting
I know many  hard-core rooters and jailbreakers pe will probably bash me for this one. However, the fact remains  that non-rooted Android devices and non-jailbroken iPhones have a certain level of security that limits the amount of access a user has to vital parts of the phone’s operating system. Jailbreaking or rooting gives you access to hidden system settings that allows you to do much more with your phone.

Everything comes with a price and the price you pay for that is greater security risk.

I’m not saying you should avoid rooting your phone. All I am saying is that if you choose to do that, make sure you know what you are doing.

9.Not Switching Off Bluetooth

You’ve probably not heard of the terms bluejacking , bluebugging or bluesnarfing. These are  situations where  hackers can gain access to your phone using your Bluetooth connection.

Using this method, the hacker only needs to be at just about 30 feet away from you and you’ll never  ever know what just hit you. Within a matter of seconds, a Bluesnarfer can steal details such as confidential information and even login data to various sites. So, unless you are transferring or receiving a file,  for God’s sake switch off your Bluetooth connection.

10.Storing Sensitive Data On Your Phone
I don’t  understood  people  store ATM card PINs, bank online passwords, sensitive images/videos and other such sensitive data on their phones. If your phone is stolen, it wouldn’t take a geek to know  that a four digit number stored as a phone contact is a PIN to one of your accounts. With more analysis , a clever crook can mess up your life.

Make sure you check yourself and make sure you’re not doing any of these things to save yourself from security risks.

I'm a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. I love RnB and A little Trap Music. Tech flows in my veins. I love to have fun with friends and I read a lot.

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Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000

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Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000 ( January 2019 )

Getting an affordable smartphone with great specifications can be a very difficult task with all the different smartphones so that’s why I decided to put up this post about the top 5 cheap android phones in Nigeria below N70,000 so you can have a little glimpse of what you can get for that amount.

 

Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70K (January 2019)

 

1. Redmi Note 7

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Below N70,000 Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 7  in the entry-level to mid-range segment with incredible specifications and believe me this phone is down right affordable. If you follow up this blog you should know what the phone comes with, nevertheless I’ll still go into a little bit of what this device holds



The Redmi Note 7 ships with a large 6.3-inch Full HD Display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is a powerful Snapdragon 660 coupled with a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable via micro SD card. There’s also a variant with 64GB and 6GB RAM.

The main selling point of this device is the camera. It comes with a massive 48MP Camera, at the moment, the Redmi Note 7 has no rivals in its price range.For the selfie camera you have a 13MP Camera.

Finally, keeping the smartphone on is a massive 4000mAh capacity battery,  along with an USB Type-C port. It also supports QuickCharge 4.0. This phone is definitely one of the cheap android phones in Nigeria.

(if the price on the link is too high, check back in a few weeks)

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2. Xiaomi Mi Play

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Xiaomi Mi Play

After Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7, the Xiaomi Mi Play doesn’t really attract me as it used to when it was initially launched, but It’s still a good phone below the N70,000 mark.

The Mi Play comes with a 5.8 inch Display that is still Full HD.

Under the hood is the new MediaTek Helio P35 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD.

Coming to the camera, you can find two 12MP shooters on the back, while you get an 8MP fron selfie camera.

The battery is an impressive 3000mAh Battery.

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3. Lenovo S5 Pro GT

Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000 ( January 2019 ) Lenovo S5 PRO GT

The Lenovo S5 Pro GT was launched in December 2018 and is one of the most overlooked phones in the market at the moment. The S5 Pro GT comes with a powerful Snapdragon 660 processor.

It also has of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD. The smartphone comes with a 6.2 inch Full HD Display (18:9 aspect ratio)

At the back you get aa back camera setup with a 20MP shooter coupled with a 12MP secondary camera, the selfie camera still have the same 20MP and 8MP resolution.

Powering this device is a 3500mAh battery. This phone is definitely one of the cheap android phones in Nigeria.

 

 

4 Xiaomi Mi A2

 

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Xiaomi mI a2

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an amazing Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (which is sadly not expandable).

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an amazing  5.99-inch display with a  FHD+ resolution along with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

In the camera department, you get a main 12MP on the back with f/1.75 aperture and a secondary 20MP shooter with the same large lens; on the front you get a 20MP camera.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a 3010mAh and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo

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5. UMIDIGI F1

 

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Umidigi F1
Finally, The UMIDIGI F1 Android smartphones comes with a very impressive  6.3-inch Full HD+ and 19.5:9 display and is powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio P60 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (which can be expanded via microSD).

The smartphone ships with two rear cameras of 16MP and 8MP resolution, while at the front we have a 16MP camera for taking amazing selfies

Also, In the battery department  the UMIDIGI F1 comes with a massive 5150mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and  also supports an incredible amount of 4G LTE networks which means it can work pretty much anywhere around the world.

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If you have any questions. Leave a comment or mail mike@naijatechguy.com

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Xiaomi Launches In Africa To Compete Against Tecno, iTel and Infinix

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A couple of months ago Xiaomi Global Spokesman Donovan Sung made a post about their new store that launched in Spain and also asked for suggestions on where they should launch their next store and here’s what I said.

Xiaomi Launches In Africa

This means the expansion of Xiaomi had been on the cards for a while.



If you have been following up Xiaomi for a  while, you would know that they tend to compete on the foreign market rather than their home country China due to the congestion.

Now, the company is looking to take things to the next level and come to Africa.  On Sunday, Xiaomi announced the establishment of their African Regional Department and Wang Lingming (Xiaomi’s VP) was appointed as the manager of the department.

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At the moment, in Africa we have over 1.2 billion people but the smartphone usage isn’t really too high and many people still use feature phones and because of this some phone brands don’t really do well in Africa. At the moment Transsision Holdings rules the African smartphone market with its three brands – itel, TECNO, and Infinix ranking at the very top in Africa in terms of market share.

In 2019, the Africa will become one of  Xiaomi’s main pioneers in their international business, and their biggest rival here is Transsision Holdings.

 

What I Think About Xiaomi Coming To Africa

Xiaomi Redmi

Xiaomi has everything it takes to succeed in Africa especially if it starts off with its recently established Redmi Brand. Redmi already have one of the core features that is missing in all the Transission brands – high quality specs at a low price. You can see how successful the Redmi Note 7 has been so far and we can guess how much the price would have been if it was a Transission product.

Transsision basically takes advantage of the mid-range and low-end smartphone market which is a strong competitive ground for Xiaomi. I believe this would also boost competition among the two brands.

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Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead As Microsoft Officially Ends Support For Phones

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Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

The support for Windows 10 phones have just ended.

Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

Although It’s very sad to see the Operating system go out of fashion, there’s nothing we can do about it. Microsoft has already confirmed that it is officially killing off support for the OS. I actually knew this would happen at some point but I didn’t know it would be this soon.



Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

So if you’re still using a Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile phone, you have less than a year to upgrade to something else preferably an Android Phone.

Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead

Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

Microsoft has already published a support page detailing Windows 10 Mobile’s upcoming End of Support.

According to the company, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive updates, including security updates, from December 10, 2019. Devices that are running Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 will no longer receive support even earlier — on June 11th, 2019.

So immediately it gets to the end of support date some of the features on the device will slowly stop working and Microsoft won’t do anything about it.  Automatic or manual device backups will end on March 10, 2020.

With this notice, Microsoft just hit the final nail on the coffin of it’s mobile operating system

Alternative Option For Windows 10 Mobile

“Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company said, recommending users to move to an Android or iOS device.

Do you still have a windows phone?

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