What You Can Do
Update your mobile devices
Mobile devices are actually small computers with software that you need to update just like a PC or laptop. Make sure all your mobile devices (including laptops, tablets, smartphones) have the latest security protection. Check the website of your devices manufacturer or mobile carrier for the latest software updates.
Guard your personal information
Protect your phone or tablet device just as you would your computer. Secure your mobile device by using a strong password and be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.
Think before you download an app
Protect your money
When banking and shopping on your mobile device, check to be sure the sites are secure. Look for the web addresses with https: in the address. This means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. Many sites now feature a color-coded browser. If you see a green highlighted browser, this is a safe site. Yellow or red sites should be avoided.
Don’t root or jailbreak your phone
Some people hack their own mobile devices – a process known as rooting (on Android phones) or jailbreaking (on IOS devices) – to gain access to a greater variety of apps and functions. This not only voids your warranty but also removes manufacturer built-in security and leaves your device open to malware attacks. It’s best to leave your phone or tablet as is.
When in doubt, don’t respond
Fraudulent texting, calling and voicemails are on the rise. Just like a fraudulent email, requests to personal information or a call for immediate action are almost always a scam.
Follow mobile security issues in the news and discuss them with friends, family and colleagues. Explore online resources like the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and Microsoft™ Security At Home websites that provide comprehensive information about topics such as identity theft and safe online behavior.