Monday October 16, 2017

Keep Monsters Off Your Mobile

Smartphones are smart (duh), but their users are often foolish. Following simple steps can protect your phone from scary risks (think: identity theft, financial/personal losses, fraud, your mom reading your text messages…).

But seriously, phones are just small computers, making them vulnerable to the same big threats. Think about all that you do and share on mobile devices. Your photos, contacts, account log-ins, text messages, e-mails, and even location are linked to them.

If your device is receiving/sending weird texts, if your device loses battery faster than usual, or if you experience any of these other signs, then your phone might be hacked.

But don’t worry – safe computing on your mobile is so simple, it’s scary (scarier than all of the cybersecurity risks out there). Really, hacks are pretty much avoidable.

Be smart now so that you’re not sorry later. Cue “Sorry” by Justin Bieber

I wonder if someday smartphones will be smarter than us cartoon

  1. 3 Smartphone Tips for Smart Users:

    1. Update your phone’s software and applications whenever an upgrade is available: Outdated software makes it easier for bad guys to hack into your device. Regular software/app updates (which are simple to do) mean regular security updates. Better luck next time, hackers.

    2. Always have a lock on your phone: Mobile hacks mostly occur when people lose their phones and others find them. It’s simple: locks make it harder for bad guys to access your information. Locking your phone with a passcode or fingerprint is a small step to prevent big breaches.
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      2. Been there, done that? Then check out these extra security steps for locking your phone and protecting its information.
    3. Beware of phishing and smishing scams: No, we didn’t just make those words up. Phishing attacks are attempts by criminals to steal your sensitive information through email scams. Smishing attacks send similar messages via SMS.
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      2. Take cautionary steps to avoid these scams. For example, hover over a suspicious link (press and hold down on the link if you’re on a mobile device), to verify where it leads. If the URL looks suspicious, don’t click it. Also, remember that banks and other important institutions won’t ask for personal information via text message.

    Ransomware cartoon

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