Be safe online: What you need to know in smartphone surfing

Have you ever lost any data from your smart phone in unexplainable circumstances? Does your smartphone hang or just switch off unexpectedly? If yes then you need to be extremely worried.
Someone could be spying on you and stealing your data. Your key passwords may have been compromised and that could prove costly in the long run.
Be wary and take precautions.

-Do not download files from unknown or suspicious sources

– Always take the extra time to download software updates. Often, they include patches to security flaws recently found in the software. Just like a desktop or laptop computer, staying up to date is your first line of defense from hackers and viruses.

Download an app that helps you find your phone in case it is lost or stolen. Make sure you can remotely lock your phone if it is lost or stolen.

Don’t click on links in text messages or emails if you don’t know the sender or they look suspicious. Trust your instincts.

Many websites, email programs, instant messaging programs and social networking sites are not entirely safe to browse or access from a public Wi-Fi network.

-Never enter your credit card information on a site that begins with only “http://”. If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with “https”.

Enable a Wipe feature on your phone. If you find yourself (or your phone) in a difficult situation, and you won’t be able to get your phone back, a Wipe application will clear all the data so your private information won’t fall into the wrong hands. If you can, try to download an app where you can wipe your SD card too.

-On unsecured networks, (those that have only have http://), mean a hacker could easily steal information like usernames, passwords and credit card numbers, which could lead to identity theft.

-Shortened web addresses hide the full location. Clicking on unknown links unless one is sure of the source can direct one to unintended site or one that installs malware on an Internet connected device.

-Consumers, simply searching for a popular topic and clicking on a poisoned link can have serious consequences
– Hackers are showing interest in mobile devices including smartphones and tabloids especially because users are shifting from PC and laptops to browse via smartphones.

Threats to your mobile security are not always easy to see. They can be highly complex such as Trojan horses, viruses, or third-party apps that share your personal information

Set your phone to lock, or time out, after a certain period of inactivity, requiring a password to get back in. All of the major smartphone operating systems support this function.

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