As mobile devices increase in popularity, cybercriminals are continuously looking for ways to exploit vulnerabilities in apps, operating systems, and so ware. It does not matter which type of phone you have. Not taking care of your phone could lead to the theft of credit card credentials, e-mail passwords, and contact lists. The following are some steps to protect your mobile device:
- Regularly update the operating system and apps.
- Review permissions given to an installed app. Some apps may ask for more permissions than needed.
- Minimize the use of location services.
- Avoid connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
- Download and install apps from trusted sources.
- Know the risks of jailbreaking/rooting. Most companies do not allow jailbroken/ rooted phones to access their corporate networks and email.
- Set automatic locks on mobile devices.
- Utilize biometric unlocking mechanisms when possible. If not possible, utilize a PIN that is not easy to crack (for example, don’t use 1234).
- Limit the personal information given to apps and websites.
- Manage what you share online and on social media.
- Texas Systems Group
- www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/au/security/news/mobile-safety/best-practices- securing-your-mobile-device
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