Many people let their guard down on mobiles devices but you should be as careful as if you were using a desktop. Here are a few ways to block mobile attacks >
When using WiFi
- Don’t allow your device to join unfamiliar networks.
- Always turn off WiFi when you aren’t using it or don’t need it.
- Never send sensitive information over WiFi unless you’re absolutely sure it’s a secure network.
When using Apps
- Only use apps available in the official Apple or Android store – never download from a browser.
- Be wary of apps from unknown developers or those with limited/bad reviews.
- Keep apps updated so they have the latest security patches.
- If apps are no longer supported by your store, just delete them!
- Don’t grant administrator or excessive privileges to apps unless you truly trust them.
- Watch out for giveaways and contests that seem too good to be true. They often are and lead to phishing sites.
- Pay close attention to URLs. Does it match where you’re going?
- Never save login information. Switch off autofill or user names and passwords.
- Disable automatic Bluetooth pairing.
- Always turn off Bluetooth when not in use.
SMS Phishing Attempts
- Don’t trust messages that ask you to reveal any personal information.
- Treat messages the same way you would treat an email, always think before you click.
Telephone Call Phishing Attempts
- Do not respond to telephone requests for personal financial information.
- Speak only with real humans when providing account information and only when you initiate the call.