Mobile Devices

Risks:

  • Viruses or worms can be spread through anything you download from the Internet via your phone, by text attachments (MMS, which means multimedia messaging service) and by Bluetooth transfers.
  • Phishing by phone is another way cyber criminals scam you. They'll send a text or email with a phone number for you to call to verify account information. They may also call you directly and ask you to enter your account number before continuing.
  • Trojan horses attached to app downloads can delete your files and record personal information you've entered (like a credit card number on an online shopping site). Do not install apps that seem to require an unusual amount of information from you.
  • An unsecure wireless network can compromise your information, including your contact list, as well as give someone else use of your data plan. Using your 3G connection is a safer option.
  • Mobile phones are small and can easily be stolen, potentially putting your stored usernames and passwords in the wrong hands.
  • Prompts from companies you don't recognize may ask you to update, install or run software that could contain malicious software.
  • Text messages sent to basic phones that contain malware can shut down or completely crash your mobile phone.
  • Your mobile device could be cloned by criminals who copy the serial number to another phone and make fraudulent calls you're charged for.

Protect Yourself:

  • Ensure your devices have the most current security software, web browser, and operating systems.
  • Secure your phone by using a passcode to lock the device.
  • Avoid installing applications (apps) from untrusted third parties.
  • Avoid connecting to open or unknown WIFI hotspots, or limit your use on them accordingly.
  • When in doubt, don’t respond. 

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