With all of the fancy gadgets we are all running around with lately, Smartphones and laptops, it’s no wonder our personal information is at risk. We’re doing everything online now; banking, money transfers, bill paying and everything we can from the convenience of our mini-computers that have become our lifelines. Smartphone users need to be aware that there are thieves and hackers out there, who spread viruses that give them access to personal information that can seriously hurt financially. Recently, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a new virus was identified that records people’s private conversations, and it is then is uploaded to a remote server where hackers can access it, and from there, other personal information.
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With the rapid advances in technology, it appears that blocking hackers and spyware is struggling to keep up. Cybercriminals seemingly have no problems planting malware on mobile phones, gaining full control of your mini-computer without your knowledge.
The newest Smartphones are great, for access to everything from the closest clothing store, to what movie is playing. Many of us do our banking as well, but they are not equipped with security devices to keep these criminals from gaining access, unless you purchase the security applications, and keep your phone and personal information protected.
Here are the suggestions to keep you safe:
1. Lock your phone when it is not in use. Some smart phones lock automatically, but a simple slide or touch can re-open it by anyone. Almost all Smartphones have the capacity to be locked when you are not using it, requiring a password to access it.
2. Make sure that when you go online, that the websites are secure. Most banks and personal financial institutions offer secure access, but double check that their security measures are in place – and places that offer free Wi-Fi connections would be a great place for hackers to gain access to your personal information, so stay away from the free internet connections.
3. Don’t download anything that is not secure or from a trusted site. Read reviews before downloading, and consider the company rating before jeopardizing your security.
4. Never stay logged in when you are finished with the Internet. Always log out and make sure that your log in passwords are secured and not stored on your device.
5. There is now available, Mobile security software, which you should download as soon as possible. They act as a virus protector and Norton and McAfee are also selling anti-virus packages.
6. The default settings on your Smartphone are the best protectors as the designers who created the software kept security in mind.
7. Remember that texts carry viruses just as emails can. Do not open texts that are unfamiliar or from an unknown number. Delete it right away.
Check out Consolidated Credit Counseling’s website, follow their tips to the letter, and be aware of the issues that could happen, because being alert is the best way to avoid or head off any tampering or theft of your personal information.