1.Install programs only from trusted sources
Pick respectable app stores – be sure to carefully inspect the chosen app and its publishers before deciding to install it. Beware of links you may receive in e-mails and text messages. Those often trick people into installing unknown apps and malware.
It would be good to check other users’ feedback about websites and apps on offer, experts of Europol European Cybercrime Centre recommend.
Be sure to read end user license agreements as well. Find out how the chosen app can access and forward information to third parties.
2.Avoid clicking on links and files attached to unwanted e-mails or text messages
Don’t trust links added to unwanted e-mails and text messages – erase them as soon as you receive them.
Carefully check shortened URL and QR codes – they can be used to cover malicious websites and install malware in secret.
3.Exit from websites as soon as you complete transactions
Never save your usernames and passwords in browsers used by mobile devices – if you lose your tablet or phone, your accounts will become accessible to strangers. Log out and leave websites as soon as transactions are completed. Closing the browser is not enough.
Never access your internet banking account from a mobile device using public Wi-Fi networks.
Always double check the validity of URL addresses before disclosing sensitive information.
4.Keep your mobile device’s OS and apps updated
Download and install updates to your OS and apps as soon as updates become available. Updated software is not only safer but also more efficient.
5.Switch off Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth services when not using them
Switch off Wi-Fi when you’re not using it – if the connection is not safe, your information may be subjected to risk. If possible, use 3G or 4G connections. VPN is also a good choice, as data transferred using this network is encrypted.
Do not allow apps use GPS unless it is absolutely necessary – this kind of information can be used to force location-based adds to your device.
6.Avoid disclosing personal information
Never send personal information when replying to text messages and e-mails received from banks or other legal entities. Instead, contact the company to conform the request of personal information.
7.Don’t edit your device’s security settings
Editing security settings often results in switching off default security restrictions, resulting in reduced security and new security loopholes for cyber criminals to exploit.
8.Backup our data
Many smart-phones and tablets are fitted with backup function – look up options for different devices. Having backup data helps in cases when a device is lost, stolen or damaged.
9.Install mobile security app
All types of OS are subjected infection risk. If possible, use mobile security solutions to help discover malware, Trojams and other cyber threats and prevent data theft.