How can I keep my mobile device more secure?

Today, many consumers own mobile devices and use them every day for calling and texting as well as shopping, online banking, accessing social media sites and browsing the internet. Some of these activities may put your device at risk. The following steps will help keep your device secure:

  • Keep mobile device software up to date. This will ensure that your mobile device has the latest security protection.
  • Create a password for your device. Create a strong password that is different from other passwords you may have for other sites, such as email, online banking, etc. Some devices provide the option to set up biometric access using your thumbprint in addition to a password.
  • When considering whether to download an app, make sure it’s from a reputable source such as the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices.
  • Treat email and social media requests from strangers suspiciously. Social media sites are a favorite target for cyber thieves.
  • Be a safe shopper. Always look for “https” in the URL when browsing or shopping online. This indicates an added level of security and should always appear before you provide any personal information.
  • Be cautious about opening text messages if you’re uncertain of the source. The message may contain malicious software that could compromise your device. When in doubt, delete the text.

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