Can you hear me now?
We are more connected to our smartphones now than ever before. From text messaging, emailing, ordering online or uploading images to our Instagram accounts, our reliance on mobile devices is higher than ever. Consequently, our phones contain volumes of stored personal and business information, making them ideal targets for cybercriminals.
Common scams targetting smartphone users include phishing (fraudulent emails, texts, messages and voice calls), malicious apps and unsecured public wifi.
The good news? You can take steps to protect yourself!
How to protect your smartphone:
Use multi-factor authentication
Enable a lock screen and password
Keep your phone’s software up to date
Be mindful of suspicious messages and phone calls.
Pay careful attention to app permissions. If the permissions seem confusing or overly invasive don’t download the app
Be wary of public wifi. Check the network you are accessing for free is secure and verified. Consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network)
When possible avoid charging your phone in public ports – “juice jacking” is real!
Consider turning off connections like Wifi and Bluetooth when you don’t need them
With a little time and effort, you can confidently deter cybercrime.
If you are feeling a little overwhelmed or just don’t have the time to conduct a thorough security audit, please contact us at RW Networks Inc. We can help you protect yourself from becoming a target of a cyber-attack.