With the threat of online hackers always looming, it is important that we do everything we can to prevent our personal information from being hacked. From mobile banking to mobile shopping, our personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account information, and home address, is floating around the web just waiting to be hacked. Here are some helpful hints I found from browsing the Web to protect your personal information.
- The number one threat to your smartphone is losing it. Make sure that your smartphone uses the auto-lock feature, and requires a passcode or password to log on. If you do lose your phone, make sure to report it to your carrier ASAP.
- Enable the “find iPhone” app or use the Android Device Manager if you do lose your phone. Wipe your device clean if you cannot locate it.
- Only download apps from a trustworthy app store such as iTunes, Android Market or Amazon.
- Use caution when accessing public WiFi. Especially be sure not to use mobile banking or shopping when on public WiFi.
- Don’t save usernames/passwords on mobile sites and apps.
- Back up your data. Apple makes it very easy to transfer your data from your iPhone to Mac-so no excuses!
- Try not to text or email sensitive information.
- Just as you wouldn’t click on a suspicious link on your PC, don’t click on suspicious links on your phone either.
- Be aware that it is possible to get malware/viruses on your smartphone, especially on Androids.
- Follow your gut! If a website, app, or text message seems sketchy it probably is!
Do you have any other tips for staying safe on mobile?