Everyone who uses the internet should be aware of the dangers of it, and should therefore have security software in place on their computers to keep them protected from online threats. Nowadays, more and more people are starting to use the internet on a regular basis through their phones and other portable devices. For this reason it’s important that we keep not just our computers but all of our devices protected.
Mobile phones are now being used for socialising, shopping, working and even banking, and because more an more people are using them for these things, more and more online criminals are targeting mobile users with viruses and other attacks.
When you use the internet on your mobile phone, you are even more vulnerable to identity theft than usual because your phone is full of personal information about you. Malware can reach and infect your phone as easily as it can infect your computer and any device can be corrupted. You can also still be targeted by phishing scams and spyware. So what can you do to stay safe?
- Protect your mobile with a password or passcode.
- Change your settings so that your mobile automatically locks after a period of time.
- Don’t leave your mobile unattended in public.
- Don’t download an app without reading reviews first to make sure it is legitimate.
- When you download an app, do not share your private information.
- Never store personal information or sensitive data on your mobile.
- Install McAfee® Mobile Security to protect from viruses, back up data, and remotely wipe your phone if it is lost or stolen. Response codes will block any suspicious emails, texts and websites.
- Ensure you have logged out of any online shopping or banking websites.Check over your phone bills and take note of anything unusual.
- Check over your phone bills and take note of anything unusual.
- Check your phone bills for anything out of the ordinary.
Being prepared for threats that evolve and emerge as our technology develops will enable us to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals and avoid mobile threats.