It’s the 4th week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and this week, we are talking about smart practices to keep in mind when using a mobile device!
Beware of viruses and spyware on your mobile device
- Mobile devices are just as at risk for viruses and spyware as your computer.
- Make sure your device has the latest mobile security software, web browser, and operating system.
Protecting your information
- Before downloading all these apps and adding all your information, be sure to check out the privacy policies of the app, and be sure you are informed about what information it requires from you, and how the information is protected.
- Have you ever had an app ask to use your current location? When you do this, your location will be picked up by the app at all times. If the app is integrated with your social networks, then others will also see your location. Unless you want others to know where you are at all times, you may want to ensure your location cannot be identified or made public.
- Protect your phone with a passcode. If you were to leave your phone unattended, or lose it in a public place, you do not want others to have access to the private information held in your phone.
Good extra tips for mobile devices
- Texting and phone calls on mobile devices can be similar to emails when it comes to spam and phishing. Be smart about using your phone and responding to text messages. If something is asking you for personal information, never respond.
- Be smart about what you are putting out there. We’ve all heard it somewhere, but be careful when it comes to texting and sharing media on your phones.
If you have any questions or simply want to learn more about the best practices for mobile devices, feel free to contact us, or check out http://www.staysafeonline.org/.