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Three things you should know about internet banking on smart-phones

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn order to use internet banking service on smart-phone devices, you need to know how to do it properly. Every time you connect to you internet bank account using a mobile device without following simple precautions, you give fraudsters open access to sensitive data of your account. Even if criminals fail to empty your bank account immediately after gaining access to it, it doesn’t mean you and your money are safe – they might try again and again until they get what they want.

Latvian Commercial Banks Association urges all residents to follow rules of digital security. Here are three things people have to remember at all times.

1.Use special applications to access your internet bank account, not the default web browser:

Special applications are the safest way of accessing internet banking services on smart-devices. Be sure to download apps from official sites only – Google Play or Apple AppStore. In order to be sure about mobile apps, you can always check the website of the bank: there should be information about its official mobile app. Internet banking apps have all the security measures you need, and they are updated regularly.

2.Avoid accessing internet banking services through public Wi-Fi networks:

No matter how convenient it may be to access the Internet in public places, never use them to access your internet bank account with your smart-phone. Although internet banking apps encrypt all data coming through them, public wireless networks are much harder to control. This gives hackers more opportunities to attack.

3.Your device should be protected – don’t try to bypass restrictions:

In many cases people use smart-phones to store a lot of personal information – contacts, social network profiles, photos, internet store credentials, etc. Furthermore, smart-phones are often easily available to other people. Be sure to install a security code on your smart-phone. Secondly, install an anti-virus programme and update it regularly. Thirdly, confidential data should be encrypted – if your device is lost or stolen, this information will be kept safe even if your security code is hacked. Even if you have the technological know-how, don’t try to bypass factory settings by chipping your own device: you will lose confidential data in exchange for new programmes.

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