New smart phone or tablet for Christmas? Read our top tips on how to keep safe.
Keeping them safe
- Never leave your smartphone or tablet unattended in a public place or office.
- Do not leave your device unsecured in a hotel room when you go out – instead lock it in the safe.
- Do not get distracted by strangers in a public place when your phone is on a table or in an open handbag or briefcase.
- Do not leave smartphones and tablets on view through windows and glass doors.
- Never leave smartphones or tablets visible in a car. Even if you are in the car, your laptop could be vulnerable to theft when you are stationary (for example, whilst parking or at traffic lights).
- Always password-protect access to your smart phone or tablet
- Fingerprint recognition offers a degree of safety, but there is still no substitute for a well-devised and protected password or PIN.
- Be careful how you dispose of packaging that might advertise that you have a new smartphone
Protecting your Mobile Device
Apple devices are becoming a more popular target for fraudsters, meaning that you should install internet security whatever your device. For personal and home office use there are a number of choices that you can take to decide which internet security app to download. Whichever you choose, make sure it is a reputable brand from a mainstream supplier, and get the best you can afford. Here are a few of the best-known suppliers, but please note we are not recommending one over the others:
It is important to download updates for security apps as soon as you are prompted to guard against new malware.
Safe Public Wifi
- Unless you are using a secure web page, do not send or receive private information when using public Wifi.
- Wherever possible, use well-known, commercial hotspot providers such as BT OpenZone or T-Mobile.
- Business people wishing to access their corporate network should use a secure, encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN)
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