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DIG this week's security tip


Mobile phones have become an essential part of our daily lives, but they are also vulnerable to malware and other cyber threats. People tend to secure their computers better than they do their mobile phones even though they have similar capabilities. This needs to change because over 60% of digital fraud now occurs through mobile devices.

To protect your mobile phone, it is important to take the following steps:

Mobile phone with hacker warning
  • Keep your phone updated because updates often include security patches.

  • Only download apps from the official app store (Google Play or the Apple App Store) to reduce the risk of downloading malware.

  • Use a mobile security app to scan your phone for malware.

  • Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments from unknown or suspicious sources.

  • Use a screen lock and a passcode to prevent others from accessing your phone if it is lost or stolen.

  • Be mindful of public Wi-Fi because they can be unsecured allowing hackers to access your device.

  • Be suspicious of SMS Phishing (aka “Smishing”) which is unwanted/unexpected text messages attempting to get your passwords or credit card numbers.

By taking these steps, you can secure your mobile phone and protect it from malware.

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