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Cyber Security Awareness Safety Tips for Mobile Devices

Keep a Clean Machine.

Mobile devices are computers with software that needs to be kept up-to-date (just like your PC, laptop or tablet). Security protections are built in and updated on a regular basis. Take time to make sure all the mobile devices in your house have the latest protections. This may require synching your device with a computer.

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest mobile security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices all need protection from viruses and malware.

Protect Your Personal Information.

Phones can contain tremendous amounts of personal information. Lost or stolen devices can be used to gather information about you and, potentially, others. Protect your phone like you would your computer.

  • Secure your phone: Use a strong passcode to lock your phone.
  • Think before you app: Review the privacy policy and understanding what data (location, access to your social networks) on your device an app can access before you download it.
  • Only give your mobile number out to people you know and trust and never give anyone else's number out without their permission.
  • Learn how to disable the geotagging feature on your phone at http://icanstalku.com/how.php#disable.

Connect with Care.

Use common sense when you connect. If you're online through an unsecured or unprotected network, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.

  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your phone.
  • Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://", which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. "Http://" is not secure.
  • When in doubt, don't respond. Fraudulent texting, calling and voicemails are on the rise. Just like email, requests for personal information or to immediate action are almost always a scam.

Be Web Wise.

Stay informed of the latest updates on your device. Know what to do if something goes wrong.

  • Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
  • Know how to cell block others. Using caller ID, you can block all incoming calls or block individual names and numbers.
  • Use caution when meeting face-to-face with someone who you only "know" through text messaging. Even though texting is often the next step after online chatting, that does not mean that it is safer.

Be a Good Online Citizen.

It is easy to say things from via phone or text that you would never say face to face. Remind your kids to maintain the same level of courtesy on the phone as they would in the real world.

  • Safer for me more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone - at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
  • Text to others only as you would have them text to you.
  • Only give your mobile number out to people you know and trust and never give anyone else's number out without their permission.
  • Get permission before taking pictures or videos of others with your phone. Likewise, let others know they need your permission before taking pictures or videos of you.

Mobile Device Safety and Security Tips

  1. Don't text and drive - it can kill you or someone else. Don't text and walk - you can get hurt badly. Pay attention to the world and the people around you - you mobile devices can intrude on personal relationships.
  2. Never send nude or suggestive pictures of yourself or talk or text with strangers about sex using your mobile device. You never know where your pictures or words will end up, or who will see them. The consequences can be devastating.
  3. Protect your mobile device like you would your purse or wallet. The information it potentially contains, and the device itself are valuable to a thief.
  4. Only keep geo location, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi features on your mobile devices active when you are using them. Be aware that social networking sites may automatically post your location if you have geo location enabled. Don't check in with your location if you're alone.
  5. Secure your phone or tablet by using a pass code. An unauthorized user will have a much more difficult time making calls, sending texts, or stealing your personal information.
  6. Only install applications from trusted sources, and read the privacy policy to be sure you understand what data you're sharing. Applications from unknown sources can contain spyware or malware, and even trusted applications may gather information you're not comfortable sharing.
  7. Keep your device software up to date. Keeping your mobile device's software and the applications on it up to date helps keep your device secure against compromise.
  8. Install and use virus and malware protection software on your mobile device, and make sure you keep it up to date. This software will help to warn you if your device has been compromised.
  9. Don't click on links in emails or text messages unless you trust the sender and were expecting to receive a link from them. As with larger computers, malware, spyware and phishing attacks against mobile devices are often initiated by clicking on links.
  10. Be aware of the signs of potential compromise of your mobile device including decreased device performance, random functions, or calls, texts or emails to numbers and email addresses you don't recognize.





 
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