Your mobile devices – including smartphones, laptops and tablets – are always within reach everywhere you go, whether for work, travel or entertainment. These devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also pack a lot of info about you and your friends and family, like your contacts, photos, videos, location and health and financial data. It’s important to use your mobile device safely.
The first step is to STOP. THINK. CONNECT
STOP:make sure security measures are in place.
THINK:about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online.
CONNECT:and enjoy your devices with more peace of mind.
PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LIKE MONEY. VALUE IT. PROTECT IT.
- Secure your devices: Protect yourself from keyloggers. Install keystroke encryption on all you mobile devices. Use strong passwords or Touch ID features on your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out.
- Think before you app: Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps.
- Now you see me, now you don’t: Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while you are in range. Disable WifFi and Bluetooth when not in use.
- Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Publivc wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you’re doing on your mobile device while you are connected. Limit what you do on public WiFi and avoid logginh in to key accounts like email and financial services on the networks. Consider installing keystroke encryption and using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection on the go.
KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE
- Keep your mobile devices and apps up to date: Your mobile devices are just as vulnerable as your PC pr laptop. Having the most up-to-date security software, web browser, keystroke encryption, operating system and apps is the best defense against malware, viruses and other online threats.
- Delete when done: Many of us download apps for specific purposes, such as planning a vacation , and no longer need them afterwards, or we may have previously downloaded apps that are no longer useful or interesting to us. It’s good security practice to delete all apps you no longer use.
Content created in partnership with National Cyber Security Alliance. Celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month.