Security in the Mobile Era

 
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In 2018 the number of smartphone users surpassed 200 million, nearly 65 percent of the population. It's imperative to understand the risks and the steps you need to take to minimize the likelihood of a successful cyber-attack.


Regularly update your device

Mobile malware continues to increase every year, and further increases in malware are expected in 2019, particularly in mobile ransomware. Updated operating systems and security software are critical in protecting against emerging threats.


Enable encryption

Enabling encryption on your smartphone is one of the best ways to safeguard information stored on the device, thwarting unauthorized access.


Use a passcode

In case your phone ever does fall into the wrong hands, don’t make it easy for someone to access all your important information! Enable strong password protection on your device and include a timeout requiring authentication after a period of inactivity. Secure the smartphone with a unique password – not the default one it came with. Do not share your password with others.


Do not use public Wi-Fi
Do not log into accounts and do not conduct any sensitive transactions, such as shopping or banking, while using public Wi-Fi. Disable the “automatically connect to Wi-Fi” setting on your device.


Install applications from trusted sources

When downloading apps, be proactive and make sure that you read the privacy statement, review permissions, check the app reviews and look online to see if any security company has identified the app as malicious.


Install a phone locator/remote erase app

Misplacing your device doesn’t have to be a catastrophe if it has a locater app. Many such apps allow you to log on to another computer and see on a map exactly where the device is. Remote erase apps allow you to remotely wipe data from your device, helping minimize unauthorized access to your information in the event you cannot locate the device.


Disable unwanted services when not in use

Bluetooth and Near Field Capabilities (NFC) can provide an easy way for an unauthorized user nearby to gain access to your data. Turn these features off when they are not required.


Carefully dispose of mobile devices

With the constant changes in the smartphone market, many users frequently upgrade to new devices. Make sure you wipe the information from your smartphone before disposal. For more information on how to do this, check the website of your mobile provider or the manufacturer.

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