These 5 tips will keep your smartphone safe if it is stolen
Source:My Broadband Newsletter
Waspa has provided five tips to help users protect the integrity of their mobile devices.
“Online security is very topical with much advice dispensed regarding when not to click on fraudulent links, and how to identify impostor websites,” said Waspa.
“However, what of actual mobile device security?”
The tips below are aimed at keeping mobile devices safe, said the association.
- Don’t give your mobile device an obvious identifying name: A device thief sitting at a restaurant table might be on the lookout for information visible via Bluetooth, such as “Bob’s_iPadAir2”. It’s risky to let the world know you’re Bob and you have a R10,000 device on you.
- A lost or stolen mobile device without a password enabled is trouble: Some banks email unsecured bank statements to clients. Bank statements from an on-device email account coupled with a copy of an ID saved on a device could result in identity theft.
- Certain manufacturers allow apps that enable you to locate a lost or stolen device: However, have you ever tried to access this app remotely from another device? Practice using the app before you need to use it.
- Consider accessing sensitive sites via your device’s web browser rather than an app: Enable private browsing so fraudsters don’t have a virtual blueprint of your daily online life.
- Turn off cookies and autofill: This means your device will not automatically enter passwords and login information into websites you visit frequently if your device is stolen.