We are living in a ‘mobile everything’ world, whether it’s work, rest or play. From the Internet of Things to mobile apps, we’re more reliant on mobile technology than ever before.
But what steps can consumers take to protect themselves while using their mobile devices?
Intel Security offers the following advice:
When downloading mobile applications, only do so from a reputable app store, and verify that the app is legitimate and safe by checking other users’ reviews.
Create a variety of strong passwords. In the event that a cyber criminal was able to access the plain text data stored passwords, you wouldn’t want him or her to have unrestricted access to your entire online life.
It’s important to create a variety of unique and strong passwords to use across your apps and accounts. Strong passwords generally contain all four character types: upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as exclamation points or pound signs.
Think twice before sharing personal information. If you do visit a website from an email and you are asked to supply your name, address, banking information, password, or any other personal information - do not give this info, as it is likely a phishing attempt.
If you have any doubts on the validity of a claim, give the company headquarters a call to verify.
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Gary Davis is chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security.