If you have not taken steps to protect your data
Let’s talk about 6 steps today
Here’s the last public place you visited with Wi-Fi. These days, almost every coffee shop, library, airport, and hotel offer a way to access the Internet from your cell phone or another mobile device. That means the information you have on your phone is available to local hackers.
01. Don’t access personal or financial data with public Wi-Fi
02. Turn off anything you don’t need (disable anything you don’t need)
03. Choose your apps wisely
04. Use a password, lock code, or encryption (disable anything you don’t need)
05. Be skeptical about links and attachments
06. Trace or erase
01. Don’t access personal or financial data with public Wi-Fi 👾
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people check their bank accounts or make purchases with a credit card while using public Wi-Fi. It’s best to do those things over a secure connection.
02. Turn off anything you don’t need 👾
Hackers can use certain features of your phone to get your information, location, or contact. So, instead of keeping your GPS, wireless connectivity, and geo-tracking on all the time, turn them on when you need them.
03. Choose your apps wisely 👾
Only download apps from trusted sources with a good reputation. Make sure you update your software and apps regularly and remove old apps you don’t use.
04. Use a password, lock code, or encryption 👾
Make sure your passwords are at least eight characters long with a mix of upper and lower case letters, include numbers or other characters, and never use the auto-complete feature for passwords. You can use your phone’s storage encryption feature for your personal security.
05. Be skeptical about links and attachments 👾
If you are unsure of the source, do not use the link or open the attachment.
06. Trace or erase 👾
Make sure your data is safe if your mobile device is lost or stolen. You can set your device to lock after a pre-set number of failed login attempts.
Author Maduranga – Kurunegala