Tips on Keeping Your Smartphone Corona-free- Kaspersky

With the whole world put on standstill by the COVID-19, personal hygiene has become of the essence. Although people have been advised to wash their hands regularly how many people extend this to their smartphones? Kaspersky provides a few tips on how to keep your mobile devices ‘virus-free’.

Maher Yamout, Senior Security Researcher for the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky says, “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it is frightening to think how much bacteria lives on our personal mobile devices. And with the Coronavirus able to survive at room temperature and remain infectious on metal, glass, ceramic, and plastic for several days, it becomes essential to follow effective disinfection protocol,”

The virus can come in contact with your phone in two ways: from your hands after touching contaminated surfaces or from droplets when an infected person coughs nearby.

Your mobile devices are quite safe unless you hand them to an infected person, the probability of infection by airborne route is relatively low. Transmission via your hands depends on the period of contact and this varies for different microorganisms. However, it is necessary that you are careful as there is no reliable data for COVID-19

Yamout adds, “If you must go to the shop for essential goods, it is imperative to disinfect your phone when you return home. There are several common household products that can deal with the Coronavirus effectively – ethanol (C2H5OH), isopropyl alcohol (C3H7OH), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and sodium hypochlorite (NaClO),”

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Isopropyl alcohol is considered one of the least harmful to the oleophobic coating that allows your fingers to slide over the screen without leaving any trace of your finger on the screen. So if you can lay your hands on it you can use it (by spraying or wet wipes).

You can also use ethanol and hydrogen peroxide as backups. However, with frequent usage, these products can ruin the oleophobic coating.

It is also important to note that you should not pour the disinfectant into the connectors, speakers or any other openings even if the phone is waterproof. Instead, take a cotton pad, soak it in the liquid and apply it to all sides of your device.

There is no need to apply too much pressure, just carefully wipe the whole surface. However, make sure to check whether the manufacturer has any recommendations as to the best substance for the device cleaning and how to apply them.

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