Phones and mobile apps are now the main way many people, especially young people, stay connected. These are used to access the internet, email, social networking and cloud storage.
However, this high level of convenience is accompanied by higher levels of risk.
Always remember that your device is not ‘just a phone’; think of it as a computer, but needing different security rules.
- Consider carefully before downloading apps – and only download apps from reputable suppliers, such as Google or Apple.
- Be aware that apps may request access to your location and personal information. Don’t grant this automatically. Decide first if this is really necessary for the proper functioning of the app.
- Install updates as soon as they become available. Often these provides patches to address known vulnerabilities.
- Disable remote connectivity for apps with wireless technologies when you are not using them.
- Consider installing a mobile security app on your device to scan for viruses, malware and spyware. Android systems are at a greater risk from these threats than Apple devices.
- Log out of apps when you finish using them, especially financial apps.