Here are some tips and questions you should ask to help you protect your privacy when using a mobile device.

What information does your smartphone have about you?Smartphones store and transmit a wide range of personal data which third parties can access–including contact lists, pictures, browsing history, certain identifying information and stored location data. Secure your phone with a long, strong and unique password, security software and other privacy features.

Do you keep a clean machine?Smartphones can be vulnerable to viruses and malware that can compromise personal information. Protect your phone with security software and by updating operating systems and apps.

Would you want a stranger to see or read it?Think before you text. Keep in mind how the message might be read before you send it. Be aware that texts can be forwarded.

Are you respecting others’ privacy?Make sure you have someone’s permission before taking pictures or videos of them with your phone. What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.

Is the location service for your app necessary?Many applications do not need geo-location enabled in order to provide the service. Opt-out of the location service feature on your phone. Own your online presence - It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.

Are you savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots?Limit the type of business you conduct on your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi hotspots and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine. Wi-Fi hotspots are convenient but can leave you vulnerable to intrusion. 

Mobile Privacy Tips (PDF)

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