Contractor Tips Blog

Jul
21

Protecting Your Personal Information on Your Mobile Device

It isn’t just large corporations that need to worry about hackers. Everyday smartphone and tablet users could be at risk of having their personal information stolen. If you consider how much you do through your mobile device such as banking, online purchases and account setup, you should be aware of how to protect that personal information. Here are a few tips to keep your information safe on your mobile devices.

  • Use secure passwords and PINs. Don’t use the same passwords and PINs for all your different accounts. This makes it too easy for a cybercriminal to gain access to several accounts. Create unique, strong access codes for each of your devices and accounts.
  • Be careful of public Wi-Fi. It is cost effective and convenient to use public Wi-Fi in restaurants, motels, airports and other places. It is also a hot bed for cybercriminals looking to steal personal information. Do not send account numbers, personal information or anything you want protected over a public Wi-Fi system.
  • Recycling your device. When it comes time to upgrade to a new device, make sure you wipe your device clean of any personal information. Remove the SIM card if it has one and adhere to the manufacturers recommendations for permanently removing all personal information. This includes your phonebook, pictures, emails, texts and any other information you have stored on your device. When recycling or selling, go to a reputable store that buys old devices instead of a private buyer. They will also ensure that all information is removed for your safety.

Keep your personal information safe on your mobile devices to prevent identity theft and criminal misuse of your private data. A little prevention can save you a big headache later if your information is hacked through your phone or tablet.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

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