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Mobile devices have become one of the primary ways we communicate and interact with each other. The power of a computer is now at our fingertips, allowing us to bank, shop, view medical history, attend to work remotely, and communicate virtually anywhere. With all these convenient features come added risks, but here are some tips to protect your devices and your personal information.
- Password-protect your devices. Protect your data and remote wipe your device if it's lost or stolen by enabling passwords, PINs, fingerprint scans, or other forms of authentication.
- Update operating systems. Security fixes or patches for mobile devices' operating systems are often included in these updates.
- Be cautious of public Wi-Fi hot spots. Avoid financial or other sensitive transactions while connected to public Wi-Fi hot spots.
- Secure those devices and backup data! Make sure you periodically backup your data and make sure you can remotely lock or wipe your mobile device.
- Verify app permissions. Don't forget to review app specifications and privacy permissions before installing it.
For more advice on securing your mobile device, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s public awareness website: https://stopthinkconnect.org/tips-advice/safety-tips-for-mobile-devices