It’s amazing how dependent we have become on cell phones and other mobile devices. More than just making calls, we use them to send and receive emails, keep us on schedule, surf the Internet, perform banking transactions, and more. The added convenience they represent allows us to forget how they can act as a target for individuals wanting access to your accounts or personal data. We want to pass along some helpful information and tips to help ensure you are doing everything possible to protect your mobile devices.
- Be aware of the features of each device and disable any features that can make you vulnerable, like apps asking to use your current location.
- Use encryption to protect any personal data stored on your phone.
- Prior to downloading apps look at reviews of the developer/company and make sure you understand any permissions you approve.
- Configure the screen to lock after a short period of inactivity and protect your device with a passcode.
- Scan your device for malware or rogue applications using available malware protection products such as Norton, McAfee, Lookout, etc.
- Do not use unknown wireless connections.
- Always update phone software when available.
- Wipe data from your device before selling or trading it.
- Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources.