- Am I being more than, less than, or equally as careful when I use the internet browser on my phone in comparison to when I use a computer?
- What is smishing?
- How safe are the apps I download?
- How much of my personal information is stored on my phone?
Consider these questions as you review the examples below. Try the quiz from the left menu: What Have You Learned? after you’ve spent some time with this section.
More and more, we use our phones to do just about everything our computers can do from the palms of our hands. But just because our mobile phones are smaller in size than our computers does not mean the risks associated with them are any less sizable.
Watch the following video to learn more about “smishing” and identity scams from Robert Siciliano. Then review the Think Before You Ink section before checking your understanding at the bottom of the page.
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USA Today cites a Cloudmark survey that concluded “nearly one in five mobile phone users have experienced some type of security threat with their device.” And according to security company F-Secure’s 2012 Mobile Threat Report, 3069 malicious Android application package files have been detected in the first 3 month period of 2012. The same period in 2011 recorded just 139 malicious apps.
- If your mobile is compromised, scammers can access all the personal information on your phone.
- Secure wifi-hotspot security. Even if you’re on your phone, the same rules apply.
- Make sure you are conscious of what you click on and download and where it’s coming from.
- Do your research if you have to! Look up unknown app creators, and unknown numbers.
- Avoid keeping too much personal information (ie. bank numbers and pins) on your phone.