Do these things every day religiously and you will be more secure using your mobile devices:
- Be careful on social sites: When logging on via mobile, know that among Facebook’s billion users, thousands or hundreds of thousands of criminals are out there too and targeting its users. Hackers are creating viruses that specifically target Android users on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube on wired and wireless connections.
- Beware of keyloggers that steal online passwords and take over accounts of your friends so they can send out malicious links that will have a good chance of being clicked. Scams like these prompt you to click malicious links. Mobile versions of social sites make it easy to post content and status updates and make it especially easy to click before you think.
- Change up your passwords: Don’t use the same password for your accounts. If a criminal gets your Facebook password and email address, he will try it on other sites. Use different user names and passwords on your different accounts, especially on accounts where you keep personal information, credit cards, bank account data and so on. Use a mobile password manager to help yourself out.
- Protect yourself wirelessly: Attacks on PCs work the same on mobiles, so if you use a laptop to connect to a free WiFi or a mobile, you are equally vulnerable. Install a virtual private network such as Hotspot Shield VPN that allows you to tunnel in through a protected internet connection.
- Keep software up to date. Automatically update programs on every device you own, including your smartphone and tablet. Outdated operating systems, software and antivirus are useless against new attacks.
Robert Siciliano is an Identity Theft Expert to Hotspot Shield VPN. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen See him discussing internet and wireless security on Good Morning America. Disclosures. For Roberts FREE ebook text- SECURE Your@emailaddress -to 411247.