Smartphone Security: Ten Tips

Security Danger SignSmartphone Shmartphone! It’s a computer and should be treated as such; including its security. When you’re shopping online, connecting with friends, and accessing bank accounts, you’re just as vulnerable to cybercrime threats as with your PC. I repeat, you’re just as vulnerable to cybercrime threats as with your PC. Therefore it should be no surprise that the list of ten tips are almost all the same best security practices as for personal computers. I suggest you write them down and get them implemented on your phone…you’ll be glad you did.

Here are the ten tips:

  1. Set a password
  2. Download the updates for your phone
  3. Treat your phone like your PC
  4. Use discretion when downloading apps
  5. Pay attention to the private data accessed by apps
  6. Download a “find your phone” app
  7. Exercise caution with links in SMS messages
  8. On Public Wi-Fi, limit email, social networking and only window shop
  9. Never enter your credit card information on a site that begins with only “http://” [should be “https://”]
  10. Enable a Wipe feature on your phone

Help Net Security’s recent article Ten tips for smartphone security is a good source for more information on these tips.

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Remember, home computing is a blast…keep it safe, productive and enjoyable.

Best regards,

Paul

paulshomecomputing@yahoo.com

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