Smart phones and tablets have freed us to go online anywhere there is a 3G or 4G signal, Wi-Fi router or public hotspot. For many people, these mobile devices are rapidly taking over from computers for email, social networking, gaming, shopping and banking. This makes them a prime target for criminals, so it's essential to take mobile security precautions.

 

How to protect yourself

  • Always protect your mobile device with a password or biometric key (such as fingerprint or voice recognition).
  • Download apps and games only from official app stores and websites.
  • Use internet security software designed for mobile devices, and ensure it is always updated,
  • Never open, reply to emails, texts or instant messages if you don't know who they are from, and never open links or attachments unless you are absolutely certain who they are from.
  • Switch off sharing technology like Bluetooth, unless you need it.
  • Protect your mobile device when out and about. Keep it in a safe place.
  • Some mobile device manufacturers offer free 'find my device' services if your device is stolen or lost.
  • Always be aware of anyone looking over your shoulder ('shoulder surfers') when using your mobile device.
  • Ensure your Wi-Fi at home or office is secured, and that any public Wi-Fi hotspots you may be using are secure.
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