As they state on Twitter, ICYMI — “in case you missed it” — mobile malware (malicious software) is on the rise.

“Since 2012, the number of threat detections in the mobile world continues to grow, and we anticipate this trend will continue next year,” predicts ESET, a worldwide leader in security solutions for consumers and companies, in a recently released 61-page report entitled Trends 2017: Security Held Ransom.

In fact, ESET says while the amount of signatures iOS climbed during precisely the exact same period, the number of signatures to detect malware on Android seen during 2016 was 21 percent higher than the views during 2015.

Irrespective of which smartphone you use, it is essential to prevent your own (and professional) advice from falling into the wrong hands. Even if your device isn’t lost or stolen, your data may be available by a burglar if not properly shielded.

These tips should help Protect your smartphone:

Utilize a passcode.

All smartphones allow you to lock it with a PIN code password, pattern   or biometrics login (for instance, your fingertip) to confirm it’s really you. Provided that your apparatus is locked by you no one else can access your information should your device be stolen or lost. A thumbprint or finger scan is suitable if it is offered by your apparatus.

Be app-savvy. Download programs from trusted, reputable sources. Always stick with official shops like App Store or Google Play, read comments from past users until you download to confirm it’s a legit application (not be the first to download something brand new). Read the program permissions. Is there a reason a game wants access to contacts, microphone and your camera?

Don’t be gullible. Immediately text messages telephone any phone numbers that are unknown or from people that you do not know, do not click any web links. Scammers and spammers are increasingly targeting even telephone calls pretending to be that they are not, be it via text messages, emails or smartphone users. This could lead to them locking your apparatus and extorting money from one to unlock it (“ransomware”).

Setup. Should your phone become damaged or stolen, it’s possible to remotely lock it (if no passcode is on it already), display a message (“Please call me for a reward”), wipe out the data blank, or monitor it on an online map — but you need to put this up ahead of time. Free services comprise Locate My iPhone (iOS) and Android Device Manager (Android). Always work with police to recover a stolen phone instead of attempting it by yourself.

Consider anti virus. For Android users, it’s recommended to protect your mobile data. Not only do these apps protect your device from viruses and other malware, but superior services also lock down your privacy preferences, scan apps and files for threats, and some options can snap a photo of somebody trying to log into your stolen cellphone via the front-facing camera, and send the image to you.

A few tips. Always backup your phone’s info (in case it becomes lost, stolen, or damaged) through a computer, the cloud, or (if provided), a removable memory card. Be cautious when using a free Wi-Fi hotspot as it might be a bogus (“rogue”) network setup to steal your data. Opt with apps like Gmail, Facebook, OneDrive and so forth, as it will require a password and separate code to gain entry.