When people hear the term “cybersecurity awareness,” I hope they think of learning how to keep all their personal or sensitive information safe from prying eyes.
What many don’t realize, however, is just how much of that information, can be accessed through mobile devices.
We live on our smartphones, and much of our daily lives can be conducted through these computers in our pockets. We use them for banking, communicating with friends, working, taking photos, shopping, tracking our health and a whole lot more. It stands to reason that we should be aware of how much information these devices contain and why we need to secure them.
If you want a place to start, here are three quick tips to get you on the right road to staying safe on mobile devices:
Don’t put your passwords in your contacts!
Did you know that people actually “hide” their passwords in their smartphone’s contacts app? Many people don’t realize that what they’re doing is actually quite the opposite of “hiding.” Believe it or not, many applications – including malicious ones – actually access contacts. It’s better to store your passwords in a safe place away from your devices.
Jailbreaking or rooting your device can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Sometimes, there are a number of security settings that you need to disable in order to jailbreak or root your device, and if you don’t know what you’re disabling, you won’t know how to protect yourself after the fact. There are many reasons why people may jailbreak their devices, but there are also a lot of security concerns people may not be aware of.
Always update your phone’s software!
Those app and operating system updates may just say they are for “bugs” or “feature fixes,” but in fact there may be some critical security improvements that you want to make sure you have. It’s best to be in the habit of keeping your phone up to date.
As you become more #CyberAware this month, keep your mobile device top of mind. There’s more information worth protecting on your phone than you think!
Interested in more? Check out the Lookout blog every week in October for an in-depth look into our behaviors on mobile and how we can keep ourselves safe.
About the Author
Meghan Kelly is Lookout’s cybersecurity advocate and former Internet security reporter for tech publication Venturebeat. She currently manages the Lookout blog, focusing on educating mobile users and enterprises on security issues.