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

“Since 2012, the amount of danger detections from the mobile world continues to grow, and we anticipate this trend will continue next season,” predicts ESET, a global leader in security solutions for both consumers and businesses, in a recently released 61-page report entitled Trends 2017: Security Held Ransom.

In reality, ESET claims while the number of signatures on iOS climbed by 31% during the same period, the number of signatures to detect malware Android was 21 percent higher than the views during 2015.

Irrespective of which smartphone you use, it’s critical to prevent your own (and professional) information from falling into the wrong hands. Even if your device isn’t lost or stolen, your data may be accessible if not properly shielded.

These tips should help better secure your smartphone:

Utilize a passcode.

All smartphones allow you to lock it with a PIN code password, routine  or biometrics login (such as your fingertip) to confirm it is really you. Provided that you lock your device in some fashion, no one else can access your data in case your device be stolen or lost. A finger or thumbprint scan is most suitable if it is offered by your device.

Be app-savvy. Simply download apps from trusted sources. Always stick with official shops like App Store or Google Play, read comments from previous users until you download to confirm it is a legit application (not be the first to download something new). Read the app permissions instead of accepting the terms and conditions. Is there a reason a game wants access to your camera, microphone  and contacts?

Do not be gullible. Instantly questionable text messages call some phone numbers that are unknown or from people that you do not know, don’t click on any web links. Spammers and scammers are targeting emails, make it via text messages, smartphone users or telephone calls pretending to be who they’re not. This could result in them locking your apparatus and extorting money from you to unlock it (“ransomware”).

Set up wipe. Should your phone become lost or stolen, then you can remotely lock it (if no passcode is on it), display a message (“Please phone me for a reward”), wipe out the data blank, or monitor it on an online map — but you need to set this up beforehand. Free services comprise Locate My iPhone (iOS) and Android Device Manager (Android). Always work to retrieve a phone instead of attempting it on your own.

Consider anti virus. For Android users, it’s recommended to protect your mobile data with security program. Not only do these programs protect your device from viruses and other malware, but superior services also lock down your privacy settings, scan programs and files for threats, and a few solutions can snap a photo of somebody trying to log in to your stolen phone, via the front-facing camera, and send the picture to you.

A few tips. Always backup your cellphone’s data (if it becomes lost, stolen, or damaged) via a computer, the cloud, or (if offered), a removable memory card. Be careful when using a totally free Wi-Fi hotspot because it could be a fake (“rogue”) network setup to steal your information. Elect for two-step authentication with programs like OneDrive, Facebook, Gmail and so on, as it’ll need a separate and password code to obtain entry.