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The Identity Theft Resource Center, San Diego, Calif., recommends these best practices for mobile device users:
Password-protect your phone. Use a strong password (numbers, upper- and lower-case letters, and symbols).
- Enroll in a backup/wiping program. This service backs up information on your smartphone to your home computer and “wipes” your phone if it’s lost or stolen.
- Install security software. Companies offer antivirus, malware, and security software designed for smartphones. Make sure you download software updates.
- Download apps from trusted sources. Some “bad apps” contain malware.
- Do not access financial accounts from free, public networks. Public Wi-Fi hotspots are a prime target for hackers who then have direct access to your mobile device.
Posted on December 3rd, 2008 | Comments Off