As the use of mobile devices have increased dramatically, so has the efforts by cyber criminals to compromise you phone or tablets security.
Here are just a few useful tips that you should think about when using your mobile. Apps:
Make sure you use official app markets, there are other marketplaces that offer apps created by developers.
But if you're not sure about the site that's offering the applications or the developers that are creating them, best practice is to simply avoid them and stick with what you know as a regulated and monitored official marketplace for your apps. Permissions:
Still, even on official marketplaces, the risk is still there. Check the permissions of any application you want to try.
If there's anything that you think may be suspicious, for example why an 'full internet access' permission is part of the app, you can usually contact the developer either through the market place or via a contact email address and request an explanation before downloading. Anti-Virus:
There are more, and improved, anti-virus applications available. Take some time and have a look at what's around. Read customer reviews, make your decision and install one as soon as possible.
Once the installation is complete, if the app doesn't prompt for a full scan straight away, open it and complete a full scan and set up a schedule for any further scans. Passwords:
If you use a lot of sites or apps that involve purchasing using your credit card details and submitting a password for logging in, use strong passwords.
I keep most of my passwords separate from the device and choose not to have the log-in password saved by browsers. This is a little more awkward than having them saved but a lot more secure.
To create strong passwords, I'd recommend using at least
8 characters and mix it up with random lower case letters, upper case letters and numbers.
It's also good practice to change your passwords at least twice a year. WiFi:
Use WiFi that's is secure whenever possible, with an encrypted connection.
If you're using a open connection away from home, make sure you read everything that pops up when connecting and avoid anything that you're unsure of. Internet Security:
Practice safe browsing. Avoid any sites flagged as suspicious. If you think you've just arrived on a suspicious site leave immediately, report the site and run a scan with your anti-virus software. You can also clear any cookies that you have picked up along the way.
Having to put your username again, into a site that you use regularly is worth the peace of mind that all cookies have been deleted this time. Bluetooth:
Don't leave your device in discoverable mode, turn it on only when you need it and turn it off when you don't!
Always have your settings arranged so that you are asked for a passkey and given notification of any incoming or outgoing connections.
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