According to some studies, 94% of adults in the UK either own or had used a mobile phone by the end of March 2017, with more than 23 million households accessing the internet via broadband. The Takeaway from Lookout Cyber Security: You need to be vigilant in protecting your devices, including mobile phones, desktop PCs and tablets, and home or office network.
There is No Magic Bullet
Thanks to hackers, phishing scams, virus and malware infections, and risk of theft, consumers have almost become numb to the dangers that exist regarding the devices they use every day to communicate, shop, and make financial transactions. All of this can lead to disaster.
What is the best way to protect your mobile device? Here are some ideas to keep in mind.
- Make sure your phone’s operating system is up-to-date. If you have service through Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Tesco Mobile, or another provider, watch out for notifications that a system or security update is available. If you have an unlocked device – meaning it was not purchased through a mobile provider – you may have to search for news from the manufacturer about updates.
- Check to see if your most regularly used apps are the latest versions available. Most apps will push notifications, but if you have disabled that feature for Facebook, for instance, the onus is on you.
- Think about enabling remote access features to locate your mobile phone if it is lost or otherwise missing. Many operating systems also give users tools to disable their device remotely or wipe out sensitive information before it is compromised.
- Be wary of public Wi-Fi. Many public connections are not protected, which means your device could be compromised. Consider purchasing a VPN app or turn off Wi-Fi when using your device outside your home network.
Protecting your home PC, tablet, or network requires just as much vigilance. Keep Windows, iOS, and Android operating systems up to date, install security software, use a password manager, enable automatic updates for your home network’s router-modem software, and disable broadcasting of your network ID.