We use our smartphones for mobile payments, and extremely important banking applications work there, so we don’t even mention stored personal data and photos that you don’t want anyone to see. So how do you make sure a phone like the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is as secure as a bank vault?
Worst of all, if you lose your phone or even have it stolen, and because it is not protected, you do not have full access to memory. In today’s world, where we increasingly rely on always having a smartphone on hand, we must not allow this to happen. Gone are the days of unlocked phones or even phones without a registered user account. There are many security features available to protect data and applications and minimize threats, but it is up to us to use them. We may not use them, but we do so at our own risk.
A user account is the basis of security.
With the registration of a Huawei user account, the search function in case of theft or loss is also available on phones with HMS mobile services. Events like this are already stressful anyway, as we can never be completely sure that the device will return to our hands, but we can be at least a little reassured because, if we want, we can erase all data from the memory of remote form. Anyone who already has your phone has a useless device in their hands, locked with biometric data or a password, so you won’t be able to help them much.
The Huawei device user account is designed solely to ensure the proper operation of the device and access to cloud services, so the level of privacy protection is high. This is typical of all your devices, even older ones, if you set them up exclusively with this account, but especially for new ones like the Mate 40 Pro phone.
Biometrics and a secure password.
Some people still have their phone unlocked today as they think it is easier to use. Not at all. You are doing yourself a disservice. Not only can someone steal it and then reset it with their user account, but they have what’s left in memory in the palm of their hand. Since all modern phones have at least one fingerprint sensor, if not a facial recognition, use one of these two options. Before that, however, consider what a numeric password should be, or better yet, use a password of up to 32 different characters instead of a numeric string (PIN code). It’s true that it will cost us more to remember, but if it’s strong enough, we can be sure no one will guess it either. Also note that fingerprint reading or face recognition may not provide sufficient security if the device can be accessed with a simple four-character PIN, for example “1111”.
Huawei’s best smartphones have an extremely fast and reliable fingerprint sensor on the screen, while mid-range and low-end models have it on the back or power button. The Mate 40 Pro is the most offered in this area, as in addition to the fingerprint, it also includes a powerful facial recognition system with the help of a front camera and a depth sensor. Meanwhile, all security and privacy features are covered in the EMUI 11 environment.
Why not encrypt all data?
The following option is not superfluous if there are many really important files on the device. Use the data encryption option, which enables security to a whole new level. You don’t have to encrypt all the data, but make sure you encrypt the data that no one else can see for one reason or another. The same goes for another option. You can select important applications and block them. Access to them after that is also protected and will not be possible even if someone puts their hands on an unlocked phone because you forgot to lock it or if you have a longer time frame set to lock it automatically.
In terms of security and privacy, the EMUI 11 system includes comprehensive device protection solutions. The Trusted Execution Environment is CC EAL5 + certified, which demonstrates the highest levels of security in the system’s micro core. EMUI 11 also includes new privacy features. Before transferring photos, you can delete sensitive personal information, including the location, time, and details of your device, while Note Lock keeps your notes confidential, as access is only possible by knowing your PIN or using one of the methods of integrated biometric identification.
File data in the cloud
Loss or theft are not the only cases in which we may have problems. The phone may fail due to one reason or another, so it is recommended that we have the data securely stored in the provider’s cloud storage. They are stored there securely and when we need them, we will quickly and easily transfer them back to an old or new device. The latter is especially important in the case of service interventions, where the phone most often returns to the factory settings. Therefore, Huawei Cloud enables backup, data recovery, wireless phone setup and synchronization, as well as easy data transfer between mobile devices.
If possible, also consider the physical security of your phone. Buy a safe cover that will prevent damage in the event of a fall to the ground, nor will it be superfluous if the device is protected from water and dust. The latter can cause a malfunction, making the data and smartphone services we rely on inaccessible.
A treasure trove of diverse applications
In the Huawei AppGallery store, you will find many great applications, including Slovenian ones, with which you can spice up your day. They are divided into 18 different categories so you can quickly find what you want. You’ll find banking and payment apps like NLB Klikin, mBills and VALU, entertainment apps like NEO, EON, T-2 tv2go, A1 Xplore TV Go and VOYO.SI, social platforms like the popular TikTok, games, honey is also Fortnite and many others.
In addition, the universal search engine Petal Search helps you, which, in addition to applications, also allows you to search for images, news and many other information.
Huawei’s extensive device ecosystem
Both platforms are pre-installed on the Mate 40 Pro, as well as the P smart 2021, another newer Huawei phone with a large camera. In addition to the two phones, Huawei has recently introduced the Huawei FreeBuds Pro and Huawei FreeLace Pro wireless headphones, as well as the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro and Huawei Watch Fit smart watches. Both the headset and the watch are fully compatible with Android and iOS. The entire ecosystem of Huawei solutions is complemented by the MateBook series of laptops, which includes the more affordable MateBook D14 and MateBook D15 models, as well as the extremely powerful MateBook 13, MateBook X and MateBook X Pro. Through Huawei Share, all laptops connect seamlessly and instantly to Huawei phones.