Keep a Clean Machine
- Keep your mobile phone and apps up to date: Your mobile devices are just as vulnerable as your PC or laptop. Having the most up-to-date security software, web browser, operating system and apps is the best defense against viruses, malware or other online threats.
- Delete when done: Many of us download apps for specific purposes, such as planning a vacation, and no longer need them afterward, or we may have previously downloaded apps that are no longer useful or interesting to us. It's a good security practice to delete apps you no longer use.
Personal Information is Like Money. Value it. Protect it.
- Secure your devices: Use strong passwords, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out.
- Think before you app: Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected through apps.
- Now you see me, now you don't: Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while you're in range. Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use.
- Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Public wireless networks and hotspots aren't secure, which means anyone could potentially see what you're doing on your mobile device while you're connected. Limit what you do on public WiFi and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services on these networks. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.