Face it. We are storing more and more important information in our smart phones. People that don’t protect their phones are at risk for identity theft, hacking, fraud and any other cyber crimes. Mobile attacks quadrupled from 2013 to 2014 to almost 1.4 million attacks. Criminals will show up where money is involved and with so many banking services being accessed from mobile devices, they are the new subject of attacks.
Schemes to be aware of
Fake wifi networks are being set up at hotels, cafes, etc… Be aware and careful when using free wifi
Mobile malware – be cautious just as you are on your PC or Mac – malware can be hidden in fake apps or from links in emails
Tip of the month
Making your phone secure
Lock your phone with a password!
Update the operating system and your apps when available.
Avoid transactions on public wifi (I go to Settings – Wifi – and turn it off before logging into any site if I am in a public wifi location).
Be sure to see a lock or https and not http if you are purchasing anything. The “s” indicates security.
DON’T EVER send passwords, social security numbers, or credit card numbers in a text or email.
Be sure to install the “find my phone” tool. It will help you lock and wipe off your phone if necessary.
Use an encrypted messaging system – Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger, etc…