October is National Cyber Security Month and we at Laplink want to make sure you’re protected. According to research done by the National Cyber Security Alliance, 80% of adults use the internet, 49% of them accessing it from their smartphones. With the influx of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, it’s never been easier to be connected. But with an increase in internet access comes an increase in security risk.
Most smartphone users have never backed up their mobile devices, and a full 64% have never installed security software or apps to keep their mobile devices more secure from malware and viruses. Nearly half of all targeted cyber attacks are directed at companies with less than 500 employees, and weak mobile security can be a major point of entry. So how do you stay protected on the go?
Keep a Clean Machine
Keep your mobile operating system updated, along with the latest version of a strong security software or app. Make sure any apps and web browsers installed on your phone or tablet is — lots of updates include much-needed security hot-fixes.
Protect Your Personal Information
A strong password is one of the best and easiest forms of protection. Make sure your mobile devices require a password to access, and double-check your passwords for your apps, favorite websites, and personal accounts (like banking apps). Try a pattern based password for your phone, and be sure to avoid the most common numerical passwords used. Avoid using any personal information in your password like a nickname, child’s name, pet’s name, or birthday. This information can be easily discovered. Most people rarely, if ever, change their password, but it’s recommended you change your passwords at least every 30 days. There are a variety of apps, like Roboform, that can help you manage your passwords more efficiently.
Switch off your WiFi and Bluetooth connection when you’re not using it to limit access to your network. When using a mobile banking app or shopping online, use a 3G or 4G connection instead of WiFi to keep your personal information secure. Avoid using public connections if you can. Only download apps from trustworthy sources, like verified app stores and well-known developers. Make sure you understand what information the app can access and share before you download it.
Back it Up
Sync your contacts, photos, videos, and other files on a weekly basis. Cloud services are easy and convenient, but also provide security concerns of their own by storing your personal data online. Use a peer-to-peer synchronization like Laplink Sync to stay extra secure.
Do you have any additional mobile safety tips? Let us know in the comments, or send a tweet to @Laplink and tag #CyberSecMonth.