How to protect your phone: software and physical protection

Android protection The age of mobile technology dictates its fashion in terms of gadgets and devices, capabilities, intelligence and other features. Modern smartphones have a large screen, are quite thin and come in a variety of finishes. At the same time, the risk of damage to the phone from physical impact or the actions of hackers is growing.

How can you protect your smartphone

Various programs that protect the device from infection by viruses and trojans help against hacking of personal data. Most smartphones contain a lot of information, e-wallets and other important data that are not recommended to be shown to strangers. A feature of devices on any operating system is built-in protection. These or other preinstalled programs control Internet activities, application operation, network connection.

If you look at a smartphone that has its own branded shell (Asus, Meizu, Xiaomi, Samsung, etc.), you will notice that it has its own launcher installed ( launcher – launcher). It is a custom application that sits on top of the main operating system by default. Various components are provided here that can help block access to information for strangers, speed up performance, and deeply clean up memory.

Branded shell on Mi phone

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Personal data protection guidelines

When a smartphone contains a lot of important data, payment services, access codes, you need to protect the safety of information as much as possible. There are several tricks for this:

  1. Create a password. Smartphones offer several types of unlocking:
    • Graphic key. It is proposed to draw a line through the nine suggested points. It can break in any direction, intersect, but not repeat an already defined path. You must use at least four points.
    • Pin. To unlock, you are invited to come up with your own combination of 4-8 numbers.
    • Password. Here you can come up with a whole word using numbers, upper and lower case letters, or symbols.
    • The most reliable way is to create a password that contains numbers, uppercase letters, and numbers.

After applying a certain blocking method, you need to uncheck the box “show password”, then the characters will not be visible during input, as a result, the password becomes more difficult to peep.

  1. Disable notifications.

In the smartphone settings, there is a section for setting up information messages demonstration. Notifications can be displayed completely on the locked screen, viewed from the status bar, or become unavailable when the smartphone is locked. Messages can contain important data, for example, a one-time access code to a resource or an electronic wallet. Displaying notifications, although very convenient to use, is an additional loophole for attackers. Phone notifications

  1. Ban on installing applications.

In devices based on Android, programs can be downloaded from the Play Store or as a separate Apk file into the device memory and then launched. If you lend your smartphone to third parties, then it is better to hedge against troubles. An attacker only needs to enter the address in the search bar of the browser to install the malware. You must disable installation from unknown sources and enable application verification.

  1. Application blocking.

Some shells have programs installed that allow you to specify additional code to enter your application. If there is no preinstalled function, then you can download an analogue in the store. Using the program will allow you to lock individual sections, while the password may differ.

  1. Biometric security.

A fingerprint scanner, face recognition or retina recognition makes it possible to use personal physical data for security. In this case, an attacker can add a fingerprint or other data to the samples of the phone and gain access to all functions.

Fingerprint scanner

One of the features of modern smartphones with scanners is that after a reboot, you must enter a password to start the system + enter a password every 72 hours.

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Physical protection of the phone

The physical protection of the device is provided by special enhancements to the case:

  • Reinforced glass screen.

Corning Gorilla Glass is a highly durable aluminosilicate glass. According to the manufacturer, this type of coating is three times stronger than processed soda-lime glass. Modern devices, starting from the middle price segment, are equipped with it by default, which allows protecting the display from scratches, for example, if the phone is in the same pocket with a keychain. The thickness of the glass is 0.3-0.5 mm, so it does not increase the dimensions of the smartphone or its weight.

  • Reinforced body.

In production, reinforced frames are made that allow the devices to withstand vertical and oblique pressure, while maintaining the original geometry. Equipped with such a frame, the smartphone is able to withstand a fall on an edge without damaging the 'stuffing'.

  • Protection against moisture and water ingress.

Every mobile phone has several holes in the body. Speakers, microphones, cameras, power connectors, headphone port, and other external items are vulnerable to dust and liquid. The ingress of excess particles can lead to a short circuit and failure of the device. Undesirable consequences are prevented by sealing the vulnerabilities, which provides a high degree of protection. This can be done both with hidden seals and with special overlays on the body.

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IP phone security level

The level of security is indicated in the characteristics of the device. The designation occurs in the form of two letters (IP) followed by a pair of numbers. The meaning of the labeling is established by an international standard.

The first number indicates protection against dust and the penetration of solid foreign objects. Having determined the value, you can understand at what level the protection of the object:

  • 1 – restrictions on the penetration of objects larger than 5 centimeters;
  • 2 – protection against solid particles larger than 12 mm;
  • 3 – the device or mechanism is inaccessible for objects over 2.5 mm in diameter;
  • 4 – obstacle for elements with a size of 1 mm and more;
  • 5 – the item is partially protected from dust penetration (particles do not interfere with the operation of the device);
  • 6 – complete protection against dust ingress.

In smartphones, the maximum level is set for protection.

Protection against water on the phone

The second number in the indicator indicates protection against water and moisture:

  • 1 – protection against vertically dripping water;
  • 2 – protection of the device from vertical drops and drops falling at an angle of 15 degrees;
  • 3 – protection against splashes or rain falling at an angle of 60 degrees;
  • 4 – the device is not harmed by splashes from any side;
  • 5 – protection against water jets from any direction;
  • 6 – protection from waves and jets;
  • 7 – the device can be immersed to a depth of 1 meter, but for a short time;
  • 8 – the smartphone can be submerged in water for more than 1 meter and for a long time.

Thus, a device with an IP68 level is maximally protected from dust and water penetration.

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Prices for secure phones

Focusing on the maximum degree of protection, here are some examples of devices:

  • Runbo F1 Plus – 27,950 rubles.
  • Runbo F1 MAX – 34,990 rubles.

Two versions of a strengthened smartphone from a Chinese manufacturer. Both models have an IP67 protection class, differ in weight, dimensions and battery size (plus – 5000mAh, max – 10000mAh). With such a device, you can travel through the mountains in the pouring rain and still stay connected.

  • Ginzzu RS97D – 9960 rubles.
  • Ginzzu RS9602 – 14,990 rubles.

Two more representatives of reliable assistants. The models have 4000 mAh and 5000 mAh batteries, which allows them to stay connected for more than one week. The company has been known on the Russian market for a long time and has a lot of fans, because it produces devices that are affordable for the middle class.

  • Blackview BV7000 – 8790 rubles.
  • Blackview BV9000 Pro – 19,290 rubles.

Devices from a proven company that are not afraid of harsh tests. Batteries are declared 3500 mAh and 4100 mAh, this is quite enough to not think about recharging for several days. The older model has Corning gorilla glass installed, but this is not announced about the younger brother.

Among modern smartphones with protection against water and dust, with a big name, one can distinguish:

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Dual – 29,990 rubles.
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact – 19,990 rubles.

Excellent devices that are not capable of letting the user down even if they get into water or a sandstorm, while having a very attractive design.

  • Samsung Galaxy A6 – 15,990 rubles.
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 – 18,990 rubles.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – 34,980 rubles.
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 – RUB 42 655

The Galaxy series from the Korean manufacturer maintains style and delivers superior quality. They are not afraid to be in the rain or plunge into the water.

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 – 16649 rubles.
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 – 17490 rubles.

Devices from a popular Chinese manufacturer with good performance, presentable appearance and moisture protection.

  • DOOGEE S60 – 20,990 rubles.
  • DOOGEE S55 – 12 710 rub.
  • DOOGEE S80 Lite – 23,990 rubles.

A series of smartphones from a manufacturer popular among connoisseurs. They differ in modern functionality and autonomy.

Real monsters of autonomy and stability have a very impressive size and weight, this is due to the use of a voluminous battery, rubber pads and other means of protection. Modern smartphones have sacrificed battery capacity and external protection for fashion and lightness.

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Smartphone protection accessories

Of course, everyone would like to have an 'unkillable' device, but what to do if you liked a regular smartphone or don't have the money to purchase an improved version? Accessories will come to the rescue.

Bumper – silicone or plastic overlay on the back of the device. Protects from scratches, bumps and abrasions. They can be either colorless or colored or with prints. Plastic versions are less practical, albeit thinner. Silicone provides better shock absorption and protection in the event of a fall.

Phone bumper

Flip case or book case. Protection of the device from mechanical damage from all sides. They can be made of leather, PVC, leatherette and other materials. Depending on the model, they are equipped with a rivet or a magnetic fastener.

Flip case

Protective film. A special overlay for the phone screen with an adhesive base. May vary by type of surface:

  • Matt.
  • Glossy.
  • Mirror.

It is produced both specifically for certain models of smartphones, and a universal type. The advantage is the low cost.

Screen protector

Reinforced glass. Outwardly it looks like a film, but it has a number of differences:

  • Great strength.
  • Available only for certain models.
  • Easier to install.
  • Higher cost.

Protects your screen from scratches and provides a clear picture.

Reinforced glass on the phone

You can protect your device without making any effort. There are thousands of options in electronics stores and on the Internet that are suitable for a particular case. If there are no factory accessories for some model, then you can pick up an equally high-quality universal protection.

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