Best Practices - Security for your Mobile Devices

You are probably well aware of the need for taking security measures on your PC to protect your personal information. Now that we do so much of our business on-the-go, however, have you thought about what security measures you should have in place for your mobile phone or tablet?

Here are a few to consider:

  • Install an antivirus app and keep it current with regular updates. You can check with your phone service provider for a recommended app for your phone.

  • Consider installing an anti-malware or anti-spyware app as well. Although the downloaded information they search for is normally not related to viruses, malware/spyware can contain very harmful or annoying code that may not be caught by antivirus software.

  • Keep your devices current with updates from the manufacturer. You can check your owner's manual or ask your service provider to show you how to turn on automatic updates or how to receive notifications when updates are available.

  • Avoid installing an app from a source you don’t recognize or from one that may not be reliable.

  • Before installing an app, read the permissions requested. You might be surprised to learn the access the app is requesting.

  • Perform a regular back-up of the data stored on your smart phone or tablet. Typically, this can be scheduled to occur automatically.

  • Enable and use the security settings on your phone, such as screen-lock passwords. Should you lose your phone, your personal information, contacts, etc. will be better protected.

  • Block “shoulder surfers” from viewing the screen when you enter your password.

  • Avoid staying logged into apps that provide access to your Mobile Banking. While it may seem inconvenient to enter your User ID and Password each time, it is much safer than staying logged in.

  • Check with the device manufacturer or your service provider for other security features and best practices specific to the model of phone or tablet you have.

  • Be extremely cautious when you are using public Wi-Fi. Do not access Online Banking or any other site that requires you to enter your personal information and passwords while you are on a public network.