Common Sense tips for Mobile Security for End Users

Think Before You Connect

Before you connect to any public Wi-Fi hotspot–like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, train/bus station or café-be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. Using your mobile network connection is generally more secure than using a public Wi-Fi network

Guard Your Mobile Device

In order to prevent theft, unauthorized access and loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices–including any USB or external storage devices–unattended in a public place. While on travel, if you plan on leaving any devices in your hotel room, be sure those items are appropriately secured.

Keep It Locked

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recommends locking your device when you are not using it. Even if you only step away for a few minutes, that is enough time for someone to steal or destroy your information. Use strong PINs and passwords to prevent others from accessing your device.

Update Your Mobile Software

Treat your mobile device like your home or work computer. Keep your operating system software and apps updated, which will improve your device’s ability to defend against malware.

Only Connect to the Internet if Needed

Disconnect your device from the Internet when you aren’t using it and make sure your device isn’t programmed to automatically connect to Wi-Fi. The likelihood that attackers will target you becomes much higher if your device is always connected.

Know Your Apps

Be sure to thoroughly review the details and specifications of an application before you download it. Be aware that the app may request that you share your personal information and permissions. Delete any apps that you are not using to increase your security.

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About the Author : Phani (Gargey) Avadhanam is Technical Director of Engineering, Linux Systems and Kernel at Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc, Greater San Diego Area .He is an IIT Madras Alumni, a philanthropist with over 15 years of Experience and lot of patents to honour. You may reach him at linkedin.

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