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How to stay safe on your mobile

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How safe is your mobile device when it comes to going on the internet?

WebWise Team | 10th October 2012

Well, the short answer is that all the risks associated with your desktop computer at home can also be applied to mobile devices. Treat your phone or tablet in the same way you would your desktop computer and that way, you won’t go far wrong.

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What do you do to keep your device safe and secure?

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Staying safe

Mobile cybercrime comes in many forms – from your device being stolen to messages asking or encouraging you to visit a website which asks for your personal details.

You can even be tricked by scammers into downloading apps that contain malicious software. But, just as most people follow simple steps to secure their home computers, the same applies to securing mobile devices.

5 tips for keeping your mobile device and information safe and secure
Always lock your device, don’t leave it lying around open. That way a password will need to be entered to activate the device.
A strong password includes a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers. Never store passwords on your phone or tablet and keep your password a secret!
Keep the software on your phone up to date. Most manufacturers offer updates regularly which often include security updates.
Try not to use unsecured Wi-Fi networks in public areas to access your email, purchase things or do your banking online. If a network is easy to access by you, then it will be easy to access by potential hackers.
Take care when downloading apps – if something looks too good to be true, it probably is! Likewise, don't click on links unless from a trusted source, and be particularly careful if you unexpectedly receive a link to a banking website.

If in doubt...

If you think your device’s security has been compromised then contact your network provider. You'll also find some helpful links in the 'Elsewhere on the web' box on the right.

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