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 contain a lot of info about you and your friends and family, like your contacts, photos, videos, location and more.It’s important to use your mobile device safely. Your mobile devices need to be protected. It is important to take the following security precautions while using mobile devices.
Value And Protect Personal Information
- Secure your devices: Use strong passwords or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen
- Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your location, has value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps.
- 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.
- Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your mobile device while you are connected. Limit what you do on public WiFi and avoid logging into key accounts like email on these networks. Consider 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 or laptop. Having the most up-to-date security software, web browser, operating system and apps is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
- Many of us download apps for specific purposes, 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.
- Own your online presence: Use security and privacy settings on websites and apps to manage what is shared about you and who sees it.