10 Safety Products for Security On-the-Go
10 SAFETY & SECURITY TIPS ON-THE-GO
Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices carry more personal data than ever before, which means you should take certain precautions tosafeguard the information in the event of a lost or stolen device.
10 Security Precautions You Should Take on Every Device…
1. Keep a clean machine.
Running the most recent versions of your mobile operating system,security software, apps and Web
browsers is the best defense against malware, viruses and other online threats.
2. Don’t lose track of your device.
Avoid putting down your devices in public places or in a taxi.
The small size and portability make them easy to lose or steal. A brightly colored
case or sticker on your device will increase the chances you won’t leave it behind.
3. Protect your personal information.
When using a public, unsecured wireless connection, avoid using apps or websites that require you to enter a password.
This applies to the wireless networks provided on many airlines, as well as Wi-Fi connections in places like coffee
shops, hotels, airports and libraries.
4. Connect with care.
Switch off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use to help prevent malicious parties from connecting to your device without
If you’re banking or shopping, remember, a 3G or 4G connection is safer than an unsecured Wi-Fi connection.
5. Secure your device.
Activate key-lock features and/ or use a passcode. If your device
allows for a complex password, take advantage of the feature.
6. Back it up.
Sync your contacts, photos, videos and other mobile device data with
another device or cloud service on a weekly basis.
7. Provide contact info.
Do an Internet search for the best way to add your name and an alternative contact number to
your lockscreen, in case a Good Samaritan finds your device.
(Don’t use highly personal information,such as your home address.)
8. Activate locator apps.
Many manufacturers have free apps you can download to help you locate your device in the event
it gets lost or stolen.
These apps often allow you to remotely lock the device or wipe data.
9. Think before you app.
Only download apps from reputable sources, like verified app stores. Understand what information (i.e., location, social
networking profiles, etc.) the app would access and share before you download.
10. Record the serial number.
By dialing these five characters – *#06# – you can access your phone’s unique, 15-digit International Mobile Equipment
Identity (IMEI) number.
Write this number down and store in a secure location, so you can report it if your phone goes missing.