How to Prevent Mobile-Based Cyber Crime
By: Emma Kavanagh
As people regularly use mobile devices, there’s a greater chance for mobile-based cyber crime. Crimes perpetrated on or through mobile devices are rising, and the best way you can ensure that you’re safe from these crimes is to ensure that you have solid safety software and a good knowledge base of how to keep yourself safe online. Here are some tips for improving your mobile phone and Internet safety to avoid mobile-based cyber crime:
Don’t Share Personal Information
A great way to ensure your mobile Internet safety is to keep your personal information, well, personal. Make sure you aren’t giving out your information all over the Internet. Keep social media profiles private or limited to friends only. This will help cut down the amount of information that people with bad intentions are able to see (and use). Additionally, if you come across websites that ask for personal information while you’re on your phone, be wary. Keep in mind that you can get viruses on your phone, just like you can on your computer.
Use Mobile Security Software
The first thing you need to do when considering mobile phone safety is ensure that you have a reliable mobile security software program. There are a lot of available programs, but not all of them are reliable. It’s best to go with a name you know and trust. Norton Mobile Security offers multi-platform and multi-device support, as well as web-based management, allowing you to get up-to-date alerts wherever you are. This option is perfect if you already have Norton on your desktop or laptop computer.
Consider Parental Controls
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If you have a children using a cell phones, consider adding parental controls to their phones. Many times, children visit websites or download software that are full of viruses. These viruses then track your information and lead to cyber crime. Use parental controls available through your mobile carrier or phone model. There are also third-party software options if you want more control. It’s also important to discuss the dangers of cyber crime your child so they understand your concerns.
Download Apps From Trusted Sources Only
Most cell phones offer an option to download open source apps from unofficial sites outside of app stores. However, this is not safe. Apps available via app stores are tested and verified as safe to download. Outside apps typically have not gone through an approval process. If you want to ensure your mobile phone’s safety, do not download apps from outside sources. Of course, not all apps that are available outside of these stores have problems, but it’s better to be safe than suffer a cyber attack.
To keep yourself safe from cyber crime, you need to keep your cell phone and computer safe from viruses. With the right virus protection, as well as being careful with the sites you visit and content you download, you’ll significantly cut down the likelihood you’ll be a victim of cyber crime.