When it comes to preventing cybercrime, common sense isn’t common at all. The Vancouver Sun reports that we’re making it easy for unsavoury characters to access our personal information by using mobile devices in unsafe ways. Chief among them is using unsecured public wifi with no thought to data protection. Another is sharing social media and banking passwords.
Keeping Your Data Safe
- Think twice before using unsecured wireless networks. You may unwittingly provide access to your contact list or other personal information.
- Never use online banking services while on public wifi.
- Take good care of your phone to avoid theft. Losing your phone may compromise your personal data, as well as provide personal information on your friends via your contacts file.
- Download apps only from verified, trusted sources. They can contain trojan horses designed to capture credit card information or other sensitive data.
- Beware phishing email or text messages that ask you to verify account and password info.
- Be very careful about announcing vacation plans on social media. You don’t want to make it known that your house is empty.
- Make sure your credit and debit cards have the newest chip technology — and don’t share the PIN with anyone!
- Password-protect your phone so that your data remains safe even if your phone is lost or stolen.