Ken Hinrichs

Aug 20 2014

Tips to Increase Mobile Security


Mobile Security

Smart phones, tablets, notebooks, and mobile devices with online capabilities are more common than ever. These mobile devices are capable of storing and processing information just like a computer. It’s important to protect your mobile devices just as you would your computer to prevent identity theft and loss of personal information.

  • Protect your mobile device by enabling a power-on password and screenlock feature to protect the contents.
  • Always install updates to applications and firmware on your mobile device. If you don’t do this, it increases the risk of having your mobile device compromised.
  • Always wipe your mobile device when you sell it or trade it in to avoid leaving personal data.
  • Check to see if your smartphone’s operating system has encryption capabilities that can protect your personal data in case of loss or theft.
  • Do not leave your mobile device unattended and keep it in a secure place, especially when not in use.
  • If available, install mobile security software on your mobile device.
  • Just as you would on your computer, don’t click links or download software from unknown sources to avoid malware.
  • Turn off the ability for your mobile device to connect to unknown wireless networks.
  • Turn off geo-location services if they are not necessary on your mobile applications.
  • Turn off features of your smartphone that are not needed. This reduces the number of places where your phone could be vulnerable to attack.
  • Remember, downloading applications may require access to personal information, so only download apps to your mobile device that you know and trust.

 

Ken Hinrichs

About Ken Hinrichs

Ken Hinrichs is Vice President, eChannel Delivery at Hills Bank’s Operation Center in Hills, IA. He has been at Hills Bank since 1999 working with payment and delivery channels. Ken can be reached at ken_hinrichs@hillsbank.com.


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