Mobile Safety Tips

Smart Phones, Tablets, E-Readers and hand held Gaming devices are all mobile devices with built in Wi-Fi capabilities.

While the devices offer tremendous convenience, their growing popularity makes them a more acute target for hackers, so it’s important that you consider the safety of your personal information on whatever device you use.

Below is a list of safety tips to help you safely use these types of devices.

Things Mobile Users Should Do

  • Protect your mobile device with a password or passcode and lock your phone when it is not in use.
  • Be sure to use all security options available on your device.  Also, consider adding additional security and antivirus software.
  • Apply updates; Smartphones require updates to run applications and the operating system securely. If users neglect this, it increases the risk of having your device hacked or compromised.
  • Be sure to “Log out” once you have completed your mobile banking session.
  • Monitor your accounts on a regular basis and report any suspicious activity to your financial institution. 
  • When downloading applications to your mobile device take the same precautions that, you would when downloading information to your personal computer.
  • Download apps from your phones official app store. Downloading from third party app stores increases your risk of receiving malware, Trojans and virus infected applications.
  • Be aware of applications that enable geo-location. Most often, geo-location is used for marketing purposes from trusted sources; however, criminals can use this feature to track your physical location for burglaries or stalking. Things Mobile Users Should not Do
  • For your security, we recommend that you do not “jailbreak” your phone or otherwise disable its built-in security features.  Doing so may put your personal and private information at risk. 
  • Do not allow your device to connect to unknown wireless networks.
  • Never send any personal information (account numbers, social security numbers, passwords, etc) via text message. These are not secure and can be intercepted by hackers.
  • Never send any personal information (account numbers, social security numbers, passwords, etc) via text message. These are not secure and can be intercepted by hackers.
  • Do not store private information on your phone.  Make a habit of frequently deleting any unnecessary information on your device including browser history and text messages.  It is very important that you remove all sensitive information before discarding your telephone. 
  • Do not open any messages from an unknown sender, and do not click on unfamiliar links that may be sent via text message.