It’s Your Call: Mobile Internet Security
3/1/2013 9:47:54 AM

Just like a personal computer, our cell phones hold a plethora of personal information, making them a tempting target for identity thieves. In fact, Lookout, a mobile security firm, says four out of 10 mobile users will click on a potentially dangerous link in the next 12 months.

The first step to mobile phone security is to password protect your device via your settings menu.

The second step to keeping your data safe is to know what you can do on your device without worry. For instance, you should be safe checking the headlines on your favorite news and magazine sites. Just make sure your username and password for each account is unique. You can also rock out to your favorite tunes and follow GPS directions without fretting.

Conversely, you should proceed with caution when it comes to managing your money from your device. Mobile banking is only as secure as the phone itself. Since there is no way of knowing if your device has been compromised, proceed with caution. You should also be careful using free Wi-Fi to send and receive data via your mobile device. Finally, think twice before using your phone to update your social media accounts. If you’ve volunteered your birthday, hometown or other personal information as part of your profile on these sites, and you update these accounts over a free Wi-Fi connection, you could compromise other accounts. Armed with this data, a hacker can easily determine the answers to your security questions and log in to your banking and other secure accounts.

The bottom line when it comes to cellular security is to take the same precautions you would when sharing private information from your personal computer.

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