5 tips on smartphone security

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 26, 2013

Smartphone security

With the increase in smartphone usage, people are increasingly using their mobile devices for personal activities such as shopping and social networking, and professional activities such as accessing work emails and data.

The latest insights from the Norton Cybercrime Report 2012 shows that Indians rely heavily on their mobile devices, with 68% considering themselves to be addicted to them and 43% sharing that they would save their mobile devices from a fire. Businesses, too, are embracing mobility, with 7 in 10 Indian respondents to the Symantec State of Mobility Survey 2013 perceiving the benefits of mobility as equal to or outweighing the risks.

However, in order to leverage the benefits while mitigating costs due to mobility risks, here are some tips for users to stay safe, and retain control over the information and data on their mobile devices:

1) Set a password on the phone – Always password protect your mobile devices with unique and strong passwords to prevent valuable information from being stolen.

2) Be cautious on public Wi-Fi networks – Avoid open and unsecured Internet connections, such as free public Wi-Fi, as they increase the risk of you exposing your devices to online threats.

3) Never save any PIN numbers or passwords – Avoid storing information and details on your mobile devices, which could be stolen by malicious apps and hackers.

4) Be cautious of all notifications – Always check alerts and suspicious notifications from unknown sources via emails, text messages and applications. These might contain links that download malware onto your mobile devices, or require you to submit your personal information.

5) Make sure your security software is up to date – Install a mobile security solution, and stay updated with the latest versions to keep your mobile devices safe from threats and fraud.