STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Mobile Tip Sheet
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Mobile Tip Sheet
Keep a Clean Machine
Mobile devices are computers with software that needs to be kept up‐to‐date (just like your PC, laptop or tablet). Security protections are built in and updated on a regular basis. Take time to make sure all the mobile devices in your house have the latest protections. This may require syncing your device with a computer.
- Keep security software current: Having the latest mobile security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.
- Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web‐enabled devices all need protection from viruses and malware.
Protect Your Personal Information
Phones can contain tremendous amounts of personal information. Lost or stolen devices can be used to gather information about you and, potentially, others. Protect your phone like you would your computer.
- Secure your phone: Use a strong passcode to lock your phone.
- Only give your mobile number out to people you know and trust and never give anyone else's number out without their permission.
- Learn how to disable the geotagging feature on your phone at http://icanstalku.com/how.php#disable.
Connect with Care
Use common sense when you connect. If you’re online through an unsecured or unprotected network, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release. Get savvy about Wi‐Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your phone.
- Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security-enabled. Look for web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://", which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. "Http://" is not secure.
- When in doubt, don’t respond. Fraudulent texting, calling and voicemails are on the rise. Just like email, requests for personal information or to immediate action are almost always a scam.
Be Web Wise
Stay informed of the latest updates on your device. Know what to do if something goes wrong.
- Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
- Know how to cell block others. Using caller ID, you can block all incoming calls or block individual names and numbers.
- Use caution when meeting face‐to‐face with someone who you only "know" through text messaging.
STOP. Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
THINK. Take a moment to be certain the path is clear ahead. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.
CONNECT. Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
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