Mobile Device Security

Today’s mobile devices and cell phones are as powerful as our PC or laptop.  A good question to ask yourself is, “Am I as careful with internet and device security with my cell phone as I am with my PC or laptop?  Here are some suggestions from Stay Safe Online:

  • Make sure that you keep your security software current including updating to the latest web browsers and operating systems.
  • Make sure that you have protected any device that connects to the internet.
  • Secure your phone using a strong passcode.
  • Make sure to review the privacy policy on apps that you download.  Also, pay attention to the manifest, or the permissions that your are giving to the app (location, access to social networks, etc.).
  • Only give your mobile number to people you know and trust and never give away somebody else’s number without permission.
  • Learn how to disable the geotagging feature on your phone at http://icanstalku.com/how.php#disable
  • Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device when your are connected to Wi-Fi hot-spots.
  • When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled.  You can do this by looking for the “https://” or “shttp://”, in the url address bar.  This means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information.
  • If you get a text, call or email that you are unsure about, don’t respond.  Requests for personal information and other scams are on the rise.

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