Most people would go through lengths to protect their computer from malware and viruses. However, only a few people apply the same level of diligence to their favorite gadget— smartphones. A security conference in India revealed that the trend is going away from personal computers and laptops and towards the use of smartphones, it is only sensible that how to protect your phone from malware which is ever-growing threat of malware.

So, here are effective tactics you need to implement how to protect your phone from malware.

1. Apps On Reliable Sources Only

There’s simply a mobile app for anything.

However, there are only a few reliable app sources you need to use. Google and Apple both urged their users to download apps only from their respective app stores only. This is particularly important for Android users since most malware programs target them specifically.

So, make sure to only download and install apps from stores like Amazon App-Store, Android Market, Google Play Store, and Apple’s App-Store. This is because, these app stores have mechanisms to screen new apps before they are marketed inside, minimizing the spread of any malicious code.

2. Set Biometric Authentication

Passwords have been used in phones ever since they arrived, making them outdated and prone to hacking, thanks to the new sophisticated technology that hackers use to crack even the toughest passwords made.

So, a lot of users who are still using passwords are suggested to use biometric authentication in your devices to prevent hacking. Newer phone models now allow you to protect your device by activating a fingerprint sensor or the more advanced iris scanner.

These biometric details are unique for each user which can’t be cracked by hackers and still protect your data even if your phone is stolen or lost, proving to be quite effective over the past few years.

3. Malware Protection App

Just as you can download and install virus protection for your computer, you can also use such kind of software to protect your smartphone.

Modern mobile antivirus apps screen your phone regularly for malware, adware and other harmful entities, removing or placing them in quarantine before they can do any damage. You only need to regularly update them when new updates are available to ensure that the app can scan your phone for the latest vulnerabilities and malware.

4. Update Your OS

Other than installing antivirus apps, you also need to make sure that your phone’s OS is updated to the latest version available. Running an outdated OS is a nice invitation for malware to enter and penetrate your phone’s defenses.

While antivirus apps work hard to stay ahead of malware and gives you enough protection, you can’t completely protect your phone if your OS is not updated to the latest version. Not only does it protect you against threats, but it also keeps your device running in the best state.

5. Secured Websites Only

Website security is one of the most important things you need to consider since all kinds of devices from laptops and PCs to your smartphones and tablets are used, to get access to them.

And websites that have the latest and most up-to-date malware defense carry HTTPS security certificates in them. Meanwhile, the ones carrying only HTTP certificates or SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm) are not as secure any more in the ever-increasing threat of malware and other cyber threats.

Thereafter, whenever you will use the Chrome app or any other web browser app, make sure to always check for the HTTPS certificate on the address of the website you wish to visit. Try to avoid any other websites without this certification as they can contain malware.

In addition, it is always better and advisable to run the default OS browser of your phone instead of installing the 3rd party ones.