How to keep your smartphone clean in the COVID-19 era: physically and programmatically

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Title: How to keep your smartphone clean in the COVID-19 era: physically and programmatically
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Published: Friday, 31 July, 2020

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How to keep your smartphone clean in the COVID-19 era: physically and programmatically

Knowing how to keep your phone clean is important at all times, but with COVID-19 it's more important than ever.

During a coronavirus pandemic, the focus is on cleaning and cleanliness - you can wash everything regularly, from your hands to the door handles, and it's a good idea to make sure your smartphone is particularly clean.


We use our smartphone almost everywhere, for example, in the kitchen to view our favorite recipes or to watch a video. As in other everyday situations, it is always with us. It is no secret nowadays that most of peopel takes phone with them even while sleeping in the bath or sitting in the toilet. During the day it experiences a lot of activities, travels by hand and in different places.


But always remember that after all the above activities, we put our smartphone next to our ear when we receive a phone call.


Basically, cleaning your phone involves a two-step process:

• The first step is to clean the outside of the device - physically the phone and phone case so that the new coronavirus and other microorganisms are not on the surfaces you touch.

• The second step is a programmatic - "internal" cleaning of your phone to prevent malware and viruses from attacking your device and your private data.

It is wise to learn how to clean the outside and inside of your smartphone for your health and the security of your data and device.


Why should you clean your smartphone?

The new coronavirus and other viruses can live on surfaces for hours or even days. This can be dangerous because the virus is on the surface of the smartphone. Considering how often you use your device.

Whether you're chatting with family, texting, or emailing coworkers, you're in touch with your Apple or Android device all day long. Basically, nowadays, the smartphone has become a part of life without which we cannot imagine our daily lives. It is similar to the extension of our hands, and since, it is constantly in our hands, it is imperative to keep it clean just like our hands. These are basic hygiene requirements in themselves.

Smartphones are different, but keeping them clean is very similar and can be done in different ways.


Similarly, this hygiene measure also applies to software on a smartphone.

Clean software helps protect your private data. Antivirus software and regular software updates help protect against viruses, malware, and even cybercriminals.

Here are some steps you can take to keep the outside and "inside" of your smartphone clean.




How to keep your smartphone clean: physically


Disinfect your smartphone by appropriate means.

Various commercial cleaning accessories may not be the best surface cleaners for your smartphone.

Apple iPhone operating system iPhone OS and Google Android OS – they both have touch screens. If they are dirty, they tend to work incorrectly and touch function becames a dificult task. To get the most out of your touch, it needs to be cleaned properly and regularly.


For example, the Apple iPhone has its own special coating that is resistant to fingerprints and repels grease. Some cleaning agents and abrasives can scratch the coating and reduce touch sensitivity.

Before a pandemic, it may have been enough to dust the outside of the phone at least once or twice a week with a soft, dry microfiber cloth to remove dirt and / or fingerprints from the screen. Or, in the off position, when the device is disconnected, wipe with a soft, slightly damp cloth, such as a lens.

But now more intensive cleaning is needed, as your hands and smartphone can come into contact with the coronavirus.


Apple recommends a number of precautions when cleaning the surface of your smartphone, including the following:


What else? To disinfect the exterior of your iPhone, Apple recommends gently wiping it with a soft cloth or other type of disinfectant dampened with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol.


Use of UV (ultraviolet) light for disinfection

The use of UV light for disinfection is very useful when standard cleaning products are not enough. Sanitizatori helps with this.

Smartphone covers are the ones that bear the greatest load during the use of your smartphone. It is important that the cover of your smartphone is clean. For some phone covers, you might use the same cleaning solutions suggested above, but they may not work on all types of covers.

Ultraviolet sanitizers are another way to clean smartphone cases, which are made of materials that may be harder to clean.




Do not touch the smartphone with dirty hands

This is another piece of advice that may seem very obvious, but in everyday life we can often not even notice this habit. Especially when we are out of the house and don't have time to wash our hands.

To get rid of this harmful habit, you may at some point put your smartphone aside or leave it in a safe place.


How to keep your smartphone clean: programmatically

Smartphones are often the target of malware that can infect other devices as well. This can happen when you visit a compromised app or website, receive a phishing email, or receive a text message.

The most common types of smartphone malware include Redemption Software, Trojan Horses, and Spyware.

With so many people working remotely at this time, maintaining software in order and security could also mean securing employers' data.

If you have an Apple or Android device, there are several ways to keep your operating system and data safe and clean.


Delete unused apps - It's always a good idea to delete unused apps. Unwanted applications can take up space on your smartphone, use background data (run in the background), drain the battery, and slow down your device.


In addition, older apps can be infected with malware, especially if your apps aren't updated with the latest security packages.


If you still want to keep the app, be sure to update it regularly. Nowadays, this often even happens automatically just by agreeing to updates.


Also check app permissions when cleaning and reviewing apps already installed on your smartphone. You will be able to override excessive permission requests or settings and turn off annoying notifications.


How do I check the permissions granted to applications on your Android smartphone?


To manage the permissions granted to apps on iPhone, follow these steps.


Back up your data

There are two good reasons to consider backing up data and files to a personal device with cloud storage.

First, you can free up space on your smartphone and free space means more speed.


Second, your data will be stored in a safe place if your smartphone is lost or stolen, or you need to restore it.


Clean your contacts

Your contact list may have grown over the years. Do you still need all these contacts on your phone? Probably not.


Reset your passwords

Setting strong passwords and changing them regularly can help deter the interest of cybercriminals. Your passwords must be unique and complex, with a combination of at least 12 characters, including uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as symbols and numbers.

Another way is to create strong and unique passwords - create them as phrases you can remember and don't reuse.

The Password Manager can help you here and help you manage your passwords. Many password managers will help you create strong, complex, and unique passwords. In Password Manager, all your unique passwords are stored and protected in storage with another master password or fingerprint. Password managers help you organize all of your accounts and application-specific passwords to help protect them from hackers.


iOS password manager

iOS 12 Password Manager has a feature called Password Audit. One of the main password difficulties is trying to choose unique passwords for each account. The password check feature can help and make it easier to manage all your unique passwords.

How to? - The feature will check your saved passwords and notify you if you have duplicates.

How to change reused passwords?

Go to Settings> Passwords and Accounts> Site and App Passwords and enter a passcode. Next to each account, you'll see a small alert symbol that identifies a reused password. Just tap the Change Password button on the site and you're done.


iOS passcode

You can also set a stronger device passcode. For example, iPhone has a default four-digit digital access code. You can now change it to an alphanumeric password on your device. By setting a strong, random access code that can help keep you safe from thieves and hackers.

How do I set a stronger device passcode for iPhone?

Go to Settings> Tap ID and passcode and enter the passcode> select set custom numeric code.


Delete everything you don't need

Things like the music you may have downloaded are usually streamed.

Text messages, videos, downloads, and photos also take up space, and you may not need to store them on your smartphone.


Be sure to create a backup of what you want to keep.


Another part of cleaning is erasing app caches and app data - clear app data.


Review your privacy and security settings

It's important to review your privacy and security settings. For example, if you don't want an app to access your photos, you can simply turn it off.

You may have apps that you have been using for a short time and that you have given permission to. Failure to keep it up to date could pose a security risk to your smartphone.

Please note that privacy policies sometimes change in apps. Unless you read the policy carefully, it can create insecurity about your privacy.


How do I monitor iPhone privacy settings?

Go to Settings> Privacy.

You'll find a master list of all permissions, as well as which apps you've assigned them to. Periodically visit them and revoke permissions that you don't think will be needed for a particular app. For example, access to your location, camera, or contact list.


How do I monitor Android privacy settings?

Go to Settings> Advanced> Privacy.

Here you can select the function you want to change.


Turn off Wi-Fi auto-connect

If you don't want your iPhone or Android to automatically connect to any free Wi-Fi hotspot without your knowledge, you should turn off auto-connect for your Wi-Fi connection.

Why? - A hacker could use the same service set identifier - SSID, for short - as an access point to capture your connection and data.


Disable Bluetooth connectivity

Disabling Bluetooth connectivity - especially when you're away from home or the office - will provide another level of protection.

Bluetooth allows your smartphone to connect wirelessly to other devices, so it can also allow others to connect to your device without your permission.


Update your software regularly

Good device hygiene includes regular updating of applications and the operating system. A software vulnerability is a security hole or vulnerability in an operating system or software. Hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities by writing code to target a specific code vulnerability.

Set up automatic updates to ensure that updates are performed because software developers keep track of them and develop security updates.


How can I verify that automatic updates are turned on?

Go to Settings> General> Software Update and turn on automatic updates.


Keeping your mobile smartphone clean inside and out will benefit you greatly.

If you have any questions, feel free to write and call, the Labs it Serviss team always comes to the rescue.

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