11 ways to protect your information on mobile devices

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As we handle more of our personal, school, and work-related business on mobile devices, cyber criminals are working harder to trick people into providing sensitive information and downloading malicious apps. Here’s a handy checklist on how to protect yourself.

Here are 11 ways to protect your information on mobile devices.

1. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on all accounts

Even strong passwords are vulnerable to cyberattacks. By enabling multi-factor authentication, institutions gain an additional layer of protection for identity access.

2. Use passcodes, strong passwords, and biometric authentication

It may be easy to rely on a tried-and-true password, but access requirements such as periodic password refresh and required complexity can be critical for securing data. Many mobile-based applications can also use facial recognition technology for increased protection.

3. Enable your screen auto-lock feature

These days, mobile devices come with us everywhere, which also makes them prone to being misplaced or stolen. An auto-lock feature ensures lost cell phones maintain a level of security no matter where they end up.

4. Guard your screen in public places

Every time you type in a passcode, you’re also displaying it for the world to see. Be mindful of your surroundings and log in discretely to keep your access secure.

5. Use trusted Wi-Fi networks

Public Wi-Fi may be a nice complementary feature at many stores and restaurants, but unsecured Wi-Fi connections can be hacked to distribute malware or intercept files. Be sure you trust the network before logging on.

6. Protect mobile hot spots with strong passwords

A mobile hotspot is a great way to connect to the internet on the go without relying on public networks. Portable Wi-Fi should be just as safeguarded as your connection at home, so be sure to implement and periodically update a complex password.

7. Only download apps from trusted sources

Applications, especially those found through search engines, have the potential to carry and transmit viruses. Most storefronts vet the apps in their catalog, but it doesn’t hurt to double-check that it comes from a reputable developer before downloading.

8. Update mobile device software and keep applications up to date

System updates may pose a temporary inconvenience, but they ensure your mobile device is prepared to combat threats as they evolve. Next time you see an update notification, think carefully before hitting “remind me later.”

9. Be on the lookout for phishing scams in your inbox

Even well-trained users can fall victim to phishing scams. Be sure emails are coming from a trusted source and not a hacker with a convincing email address. Organizations should also conduct occasional phishing tests to keep users on their toes.

10. Evaluate embedded links before clicking

All it takes is one misjudged link to download a virus. These are commonly distributed by hackers through phishing emails and websites. Always be sure you can trust the destination before clicking any link.

11. Educate yourself on how devices share data online

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) describes the network of physical devices embedded with sensors and software to collect and exchange data. While this is crucial in our interconnected world, “smart” devices can become entry-points for network-wide attacks if infected. Because of this, it’s critical to understand how your mobile devices interact with the larger ecosystem.

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