6 ways to secure your mobile phone

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It’s 2011 and there are now more phones in the world than computers. Every day, more of these phones become smartphones AKA portable computers. Unfortunately, if your phone can browse the web and check email, you will be targeted by some of the same  malicious attacks and scams that go after your PC.

Here are a few basic tips from the F-Secure Labs on how to secure your mobile phone.

  1. Keep your system updated
    An updated mobile operating system allows you to enjoy the latest and greatest features and while protecting your information. Get rid of security holes or vulnerabilities by maintaining updated software on both your PC and your smartphone.
  2. Install a security application
    As your mobile device functions more like a mini computer, it becomes a more attractive target for hackers or thieves. A reliable security app safeguards your data, protect against threats and locate your lost or stolen phone. Here’s a quick video about our F-Secure Mobile Security, in case you’re interested.
  3. Watch where you click and land
    The mobile threats you’re most likely to face are scams and phishing attacks that will attempt to steal credit card information. Social engineering methods would be used to lure you into clicking on malicious links. Always check to see if a website starts with “https” before you enter sensitive information.
  4. Avoid shopping or banking on a public network
    Keep in mind that the public Wi-Fi that your phone is connected to might not be secure. Limit your activity to browsing and avoid committing any transaction that involves your account information.
  5. Get applications from trusted source
    Part of the fun in having a smartphone is having an app for everything. There are plenty of applications out there, and some are offered through independent, unmonitored channels. Stick to app stores when you can. If you’re downloading an app from a third party, do a little research to make sure the app is reputable.
  6. Make it a habit to check each app’s data access on your phone
    Some applications may have access to your data or personal information. Be wary of the access that is outside of the scope or purpose of the applications. A game application doesn’t need access to SMS (read, write and send), calling, phonebook entries and system files. If game wants all the access, get a little suspicious. If you have any doubt about an application, do not install it.

Mobile security is a new concept for many people. So let us know what you want to know about the topic in the comments of this post.

Cheers,

Jason

CC image by Jacob Bøtter

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