Mobile devices have become an integral part of our everyday lives, responsible for a multitude of daily tasks that go beyond simply making phone calls. However, mobile technology is just as vulnerable to cyberattacks as your computer. On this episode of One Minute Wednesday, Joon Koh will give you some advice on how to keep your mobile devices protected from cybercriminals.
Staying Secure on All Fronts
Today’s smartphones and mobile devices allow us to seamlessly transition between our work and personal lives, no matter where we are. However, with this flexibility comes new threats to both company and personal data. Mobile devices are vulnerable to attacks from malware, just like your computer, and cybercriminals are beginning to target them more aggressively.
If you don’t stay on your guard and take steps to secure your device, you can be left vulnerable to cybercrime. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from cybercriminals:
- First, keep your device’s operating system and apps updated. Cybercriminals are constantly finding new vulnerabilities, and OS or app updates often come with security patches. Along these lines, consider deleting old apps that are no longer in use on your device.
- Do not perform personal, sensitive tasks on a public Wi-Fi network. You can make yourself vulnerable when you conduct online purchases or banking, as cybercriminals can steal your login credentials, passwords, and credit card numbers through a “man in the middle” attack.
- Disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when they are not in active use. Cybercriminals can sometimes use these tools to gain access to your device or steal information passed over a network.
- If you receive a call, text message, or email that appears untrustworthy, it’s probably a scam. You should always be on guard when an unknown sender asks you to download files, divulge personal data, or follow links to unknown websites.
It’s easy to assume that your smartphone won’t be vulnerable, and cybercriminals are increasingly capitalizing on the fact that people are less cautious when it comes to using mobile devices. Remember that it’s important to be just as cautious on your mobile device as you would be with your computer!