‫ Safety Tips for Your Mobile Devices

Number: IRCAR201509274

Date: 2015-09-23



That smartphone in your pocket – or your tablet or laptop – contains significant information
about you and your friends and family – contact numbers, photos, location and more. Your
mobile devices need to be protected. Take the following security precautions and enjoy the
conveniences of technology with peace of mind while you are on the go.

Keep a Clean Machine:


Mobile devices are computers with software that need to be kept up-to-date (just like your PC, laptop or tablet). Security protections are built in and updated on a regular basis. Take time to make sure all the mobile devices in your house have the latest protections. 


·         Keep security software current on all devices that connect to the Internet: Having the
most up-to-date mobile security software, web browser, operating system and apps is the best defense against viruses, malware 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 longer useful or interesting to us. It’s a good security practice to delete all apps you no longer use.

Protect Your Personal Information:


Phones can contain tremendous amounts of personal information. Lost or stolen devices can be used to gather information about you and. potentially, others. Protect your phone like you would your computer.


·         Secure your devices: Use strong passwords, passcodes or other features such as touch
identification to lock your devices. Securing your device can help protect your information if your device is lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out.


·         Personal information is like money – Value it. Protect it.: Information about you, such as the games you like to play, what you search for online and where you shop and live, has value ‒ just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites.


·         Own your online presence: Use security and privacy settings on websites and apps to
manage what is shared about you and who sees it.


·         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 within range. Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use.


Connect with Care:


Use common sense when you connect. If you're online through an unsecured or unprotected network, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.


·         Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure,
which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or
smartphone while you are connected to them. Limit what you do on public WiFi, and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.


·         When in doubt, don’t respond: Fraudulent text messages, calls and voicemails are on the rise. Just as with email, mobile requests for personal data or immediate action are almost always scams.








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