Mobile devices have become an essential tool for everyday life. We check in for flights, make online purchases, access bank accounts, and connect to social media all on mobile-enhanced websites and newly developed applications.
The worldwide adoption of the smartphone has prompted cyber criminals to shift their focus toward mobile users and away from the traditional PC environment. According to Norton’s Cybercrime Report, 1 in 4 adults have been a victim of mobile and social cyber crime.
So what can we do to protect our mobile devices and guard our personal information? Use the tips below to keep your smartphone safe and secure.
- Regularly update your operating system for security patches.
- When you enter a website (especially financial) make sure that “https” appears in the address bar, which means connection is secure.
- Turn the Bluetooth function off after using it. It is another way unknown applications or viruses can access your cell phone.
- Be sure to use applications only from trustworthy and reputable sources.
- Use a password to protect your device. The more random your password, the better.
- Don’t connect to unprotected WiFi access points.
- Know how to perform a remote wipe to remove data from your device if lost or stolen.