Mobile devices have become one of the primary ways we communicate and interact with each other. The power of a computer is now at our fingertips, allowing us to bank, shop, view medical history, attend to work remotely, and communicate virtually anywhere. With all these convenient features come added risks, but here are some tips to protect your devices and your personal information.
Password-protect your devices. If you mobile device is ever lost or stolen, giving yourself more time to protect your data and remote wipe your device could be the difference between the pain of losing the device and the pain of losing much of your important information. Enabling passwords, PINs, fingerprint scans, or other forms of authentication will slow down anyone intent on getting to your personal information and give you more time to take action and remove personal or sensitive information from your device.
Backup data. Be sure to back up data on each device in case it is ever lost or stolen. If the original device is never found, you can restore the backed up data to a new one.
Verify app permissions. Don’t forget to review app specifications and privacy permissions before installing it!
Update operating systems. Security fixes or patches for mobile device operating systems are often included in these updates.
Be cautious of public Wi-Fi hot spots. Avoid financial or other sensitive transactions while connected to public Wi-Fi hot spots.