We use our smartphones for mobile payments, and they run extremely important banking applications, 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 steal it, and since it is not protected, it does not have full memory access. In today’s world, in which we rely more and more on the fact that our smartphone is at hand at all times, we must not allow this to happen. Gone are the days of unlocked phones or even phones without a registered account. We have 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.
An account is the foundation of security!
By registering a Huawei 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, because we can never be completely sure that the device will find its way back into our hands, but we can be at least a little confident because if we want, we can erase all data from memory remotely. Anyone who already has your phone in their hands has a useless device, locked with biometrics or a password, so they won’t be able to help themselves much.
The user account on Huawei devices is intended solely to ensure the correct operation of the device and access to cloud services, so the level of privacy protection is at a high level. This is typical for all their 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 strong password!
For some, the phone is still unlocked today because they think it is easier to use. Not at all. You’re doing yourself a disservice. Not only can someone steal it and then reset it with their account, what’s in their memory is in the palm of their hand. Since all modern phones have at least a fingerprint sensor, if not face recognition, use one of these two options. But before that, think about what the numeric password should be, or better yet, use a password up to 32 different characters long (PIN code) instead of a password. It is true that we will find it harder to remember, but if it is strong enough, then we can be sure that no one will hit it either. Also keep in mind that fingerprint reading or face recognition may not provide sufficient security if the device can still be accessed with a simple four-character PIN – for example “1111”!
Huawei’s best smartphones have an extremely fast and reliable fingerprint sensor under the screen, while mid- and lower-end models have it on the back or on the power button. The Mate 40 Pro offers the most in this area, because in addition to the fingerprint, it also includes a powerful face recognition system with the help of a front camera and depth sensor. Meanwhile, all security and privacy features are covered by the EMUI environment 11.
Why not encrypt all the data?
The following option is not superfluous if there are a lot of really important files on the device. Use the data encryption option that takes security to a whole new level. You don’t have to encrypt all the data, but be sure to encrypt the ones that no one else can see for one reason or another. The same goes for the second option. You can select important programs and lock them. Access to them after that is additionally secured and will not be possible even if someone gets their hands on an unlocked phone because you forgot to lock it or you have a longer time interval set to automatic locking.
In terms of security and privacy, the EMUI 11 system comes with complete device protection solutions. The certified executive environment is CC EAL5 + certified, which proves the highest level of security of the micro-core system. EMUI 11 also includes new privacy features. Before transferring photos, you can delete sensitive personal data, including location, time, and device details, while Note Lock keeps notes confidential, as access is only possible by knowing the PIN code or using one of the built-in biometric identification methods.
Archive data in the cloud
Loss or theft are not the only cases where we can have problems. The phone may break for one reason or another, so it is recommended that we keep the data in a secure place in the cloud storage of the service provider. They are safely stored there and when we need them, we will quickly and easily return them to the old or new device. The latter is especially important in the case of service interventions, where the phone most often returns to factory settings. Huawei Cloud therefore allows for backups, data recovery, setup and synchronization of a cordless phone, as well as easy data transfer between mobile devices.
If at all possible, consider the physical security of your phone as well. Buy a secure cover for it that prevents damage in the event of a fall to the ground, and it is also not superfluous if the device is protected from water and dust. The latter can cause a malfunction, making the data and services of the smartphones we rely on inaccessible!
A treasury of various applications
In Huawei’s 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 will find applications for banking and payments such as NLB Klikin, mBills and VALU, entertainment applications such as NEO, EON, T-2 tv2go, A1 Xplore TV Go and VOYO.SI, social platforms such as the popular TikTok, games, dear who is also Fortnite and many others.
In addition, the universal Petal Search comes to your aid, which, in addition to applications, also enables the search for images, news and many other information.
Huawei’s broad device ecosystem
Both platforms are pre-installed on the Mate 40 Pro, as well as on the P smart 2021, another newer Huawei phone with an excellent camera. In addition to both phones, Huawei 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 smartwatches. Both the headset and the watch are fully compatible with Android and iOS. The entire ecosystem of Huawei’s solutions is rounded off by the MateBook series of notebooks, 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.