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5 Tips on How You Can Be #CyberAware

With your mobile devices (whether smartphone, laptop, or tablet) always within reach and ready to connect to the world around you, it’s important to use your mobile device safely. Below are some suggestions for how you can stay #CyberAware while using your mobile device on the go.

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Secure Your Device

We all know how important passwords are; we have them for every tool we use. Depending on what you use your phone for, you could have all of your credit card information, your passwords, and banking information stored and easily accessible on your device. With as much as we utilize our phones, it’s more important than ever to keep your device secure. Phones offer security settings such as face recognition, touch ID, passcodes, etc. It’s important to know what security features your phone offers and utilize them.

Research Apps Before Downloading Them

When downloading an application to your phone, it’s important to know what kind of information it obtains and what that information is utilized for. If you care about your data security, make sure you read the app’s privacy policy. When you look into the privacy policies of certain apps, you’d be surprised what data is collected and doesn’t need to be.

Caution When Using Public Wi-Fi

Restaurants and businesses offer free Wi-Fi for their customers…that’s great! But, did you know that when you connect to those public wireless networks, anyone could potentially see what you are doing while connected? Checking your account balance? Someone may be able to see your account number. Shopping online? Someone may be able to see your payment information. Just be aware of the potential harm when logging on to public Wi-Fi. Additional tip: Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use to avoid automatically connecting without being aware.

Keep Your Device Up-To-Date:

Your mobile device is as vulnerable as your computer; it’s important that you stay up-to-date with software and apps to ensure you are best defended against viruses, malware, and other online threats.

Delete What You Don’t Use:

We’re all guilty of it; we have a handful of apps that we downloaded on our phones and never use. There are apps for airlines, hotels, attractions, etc. What you don’t realize is that the majority of your apps are continuously collecting data and eating up both storage and battery life. Delete them! You can always download them back again if you need them in the future.

For more information on how you can keep yourself safe online, visit our Security Awareness page.

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