Be Smart with Your Smartphone’s Security

» Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in Blog | Comments Off

Smartphones and other mobile devices have transformed our use of the Internet,
which now touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Nearly half
of all Americans
are expected to own a mobile device by the end of this
year. While these tools provide users with convenient access to information and
communications, they also carry risk.

Mobile users have recently
captured the attention of cyber criminals who seek to take advantage of everyday
citizens. In fact, experts predict that within
three years
, smartphones and mobile devices will surpass computers as the
primary target for cyber crime. If a hacker can gain access to a mobile device,
they can easily find e-mail addresses, stored passwords, banking information,
social media accounts, and phone numbers – allowing them to steal your
information, your money, and even your identity. That’s why practicing good
cyber habits is so important.

You can protect yourself from cyber
criminals by following the same safety rules you follow on your computer when
using your smartphone. These include:

  • Access the Internet over a secure network: Only browse the
    web through your service provider’s network (e.g., 3G) or a secure Wi-Fi
    network.
  • Be suspicious of unknown links or requests sent through email or
    text message:
    Do not click on unknown links or answer strange questions
    sent to your mobile device, regardless of who the sender appears to
    be.
  • Download only trusted applications: Download “apps” from
    trusted sources or marketplaces that have positive reviews and
    feedback.
  • Be vigilant about online security: Keep anti-virus and
    malware software up to date, use varying and strong passwords, and never provide
    your personal or financial information without knowing who’s asking and why they
    need it.

 

STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Protect yourself and help keep the web
a safer place for everyone. For more information on Stop.Think.Connect., please
visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.

 

Source: http://blog.dhs.gov/2011/06/be-smart-with-your-smartphones-security.html