Mobile Security - Pause, think before you swipe!

Did you know?

Security breaches can happen when people click on malicious links, install unauthorized apps, use public Wi-Fi, or lose their mobile device.

Smartphone users are three times more likely to click on a phishing link on their devices than on a desktop. Smaller screen sizes that display less information and the multi-tasking approach to smartphone use are partly responsible for this.

Keep your guard up

No peeking - staying safe and private on Wi-Fi 

It is tempting to stay in touch with friends and colleagues as you travel by connecting to Wi-Fi networks. However, anyone can create a network and give it a legitimate sounding name, to lure unsuspecting travelers to give up personal information transmitted through the network. This is especially predominant at public cafes, hotel lobbies, and airports.

Only connect by Wi-Fi with trusted, password-protected networks, and turn off settings that automatically search for Wi-Fi networks.

None of their business - securing your mobile device with a Passcode/ PIN / Touch ID

As mobile devices are being used for more transactions and web activity, they are storing more information that is personal, web history, passwords, e-mail, calendars, and contact information than ever before.

Set up your device with a strong password. This will protect your information not only from hackers but also from someone who finds your device if you lose it.

Watch for updates - keeping your device healthy 

Updates help keep a piece of software or a system current. Because new threats are being developed all the time, manufacturers will send out fixes and updates to help protect their users from new threats - or just from problems they didn't find when the software was first made. If you don't download and apply the update to fix the problem, you're basically leaving a door open to attack. 

Always update the big three:

  •  security software
  •  web browser
  • operating system

Additional security 

  • Do not let your devices out of your sight. Don't leave your mobile device charging in a public conference room while you go for lunch or lend your phone to a stranger who needs to make a call. When downloading an app, take a good look at the permissions and don't click "allow" to everything.
  • Before you click on something, think seriously about where it came from. Viruses and worms can infect your mobile phone from anything you download, from text attachments and Bluetooth transfers.