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Smartphone Security

For many of us, our smartphones are always within reach, enabling us to easily connect to and manage our digital life. As great as these devices are for allowing us to work and play, they, just like our computers, hold a considerable amount of very important and very valuable data that makes them a prime target of cybercriminals. Unfortunately, the threat from cyber criminals doesn't directly correspond to the size of the technology. Our phones might be smaller than our computers but the threat is just as big and we should be just as careful when using our phones as we are when using our computers. Also just like with our computers, there are several steps we can take to help us use our phones safely and securely.

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WiFi

  • Don’t allow your phone to auto-join unfamiliar networks.
  • Always turn off WiFi when you aren’t using it.
  • DO NOT send sensitive information over WiFi unless you’re absolutely sure it’s a secure network.
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Applications

  • Only use apps available in your device’s official store.
  • Be wary of apps from unknown developers or those with limited/bad reviews.
  • Keep your apps updated; if apps aren't supported, seriously consider deleting them.
  • Don't blindly grant admin or other rights to apps; take the time to understand what's being asked before clicking "ok".
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Internet

  • Be mindful of ads, giveaways, and contests that seem too good to be true.
  • Pay close attention to URLs.
  • Never save your login information when you’re using a web browser.
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Bluetooth

  • Disable automatic Bluetooth pairing.
  • Always turn it off when not using it.
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Vishing (voice phishing)

  • Do not respond to requests for personal financial information.
  • Always contact your financial institution directly using the phone number on your card.
  • Speak only with live people when providing account info and only when you initiate the call.
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Smishing (SMS (text message) phishing)

  • Don't trust messages that attempt to get you to reveal any personal information.
  • Think before you click or respond to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or any other message.