Many of you have received new mobile Phones and Tablets over the past holidays. We need to ensure that we take our mobile devices security just as seriously as we take our desktop security. First we need to lock the devices with a security code or password as a first line of defense. Also, enable multifactor authentication like the Fingerprint scanner on some of the latest devices. Next, never ever “jail break” your mobile devices. Jail breaking is when you circumvent the manufacturer’s setup and its installed operating system (OS). Don’t share your mobile device or its password with others.
Some common ways that mobile devices get infected with Malware is from the download of applications. You can easily install an infected application without knowing it. The Google Play and Apple stores aren’t perfect but at least some vetting takes place before apps are placed in these stores. Here are some other measures you can take to help protect your mobile devices:
- Back up your data by syncing your device with a computer.
- Password protect your mobile devices. Use PIN code or passwords.
- Update and patch the OS and applications on your devices regularly to reduce vulnerability.
- Enable encryption if possible to slow down the cyber thieves.
- Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you don’t need it.
- Don’t store sensitive work-related information on your private mobile devices.
- Stick with the conventional Apps from legitimate stores like Google Play and Apple Store.
- Pay attention to what you install.
- Avoid opening links from sources that you don’t recognize or that appear suspicious.
- Use WI-FI networks that are encrypted like WPA2 encryption.
- Reduce app clutter; if you don’t use it delete it!
- If you lose your device report it immediately to your Carrier.
“Be Cyber Wiser” and keep your mobile devices safe.