How do you usually start your day now – turning off that annoying alarm and starting to check social media updates from Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Well, you’re not alone. Many are spending more time on their smartphones than their computers nowadays. For many, that smartphone is the very last thing they touch before going to bed and the very first thing they put their hands on the moment they wake up in the morning.
While mobile devices are becoming such an important part of our lives, there are rising security concerns around them. Cyber criminals are creating all sorts of malicious software (malware) targeting your mobile devices. Once your device falls victim to any of those, you might lose your information, your money, even your identity.
On an individual level, losing control of your mobile device or falling victim to malware could cause serious consequences for your personal life. All those photos that you have on your smartphones, the mobile apps for your online banking and online shopping, the confidential information that you store on the mobile devices could all get stolen by that malicious software that you might have installed involuntarily.
From an organization perspective, those mobile devices that are being used by your employees could keep your IT/Network/Security Administrators up in the night. A malware could easily bypass those comprehensive and at the same time expensive perimeter security control devices and infiltrate into your network through one of those mobile devices that fall victim to the cyber criminals.
- Keep your mobile devices updated
- The basic and most cost-efficient way to secure your mobile devices is to keep them updated, both the operating system and the apps that you’ve installed on them. The vendors of your mobile devices and the apps developers will usually keep track of known defects and vulnerabilities to their products and release updates to fix those.
- Some software and apps allow you to enable ‘auto-update’. You should always take advantage of it and keep your devices updated at all time.
- Secure use of Wi-Fi, GPS location and Bluetooth
- Only install apps/software, download or transfer files from reputable and trusted sources.
- Be aware of the legal implications of downloading and file sharing.
- Download with caution and discretion
- Use trusted Wi-Fi connections and password protected connections wherever possible. Don’t fall victim to those insecure Wi-Fi networks set up by cyber criminals.
- Turn off Wi-Fi, GPS location and Bluetooth services when they are not in use.
- Open only what you know
- Don’t open attachments, links, MMS or SMS messages from unknown resources.
- If any emails or messages seem to be suspicious, just delete them.
- Considering jailbreaking your device? Think again!
- By removing the manufacture software limitations on your smartphone, you’re also making it vulnerable to malware and unknown issues.