For the next 4 weeks, we’re doing a 4 part blog series to dig into the practical steps anybody can take to promote Cyber Security.
Smartphones are essentially mini computers that allow the user to access a vast amount of information on the move. Securing your Smartphone is critical to ensure that the information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Part 3: Securing your Smartphone
Follow the steps below to make sure you are protected:
- Always secure your smartphone with a password
- Be sure that your device locks itself automatically
- Only download apps from approved sources
- Check your apps’ permissions
- Don’t miss operating system updates
- Be wary of any links you receive via email or text message
- Enable tracking settings i.e. Find My Phone
- Turn off Bluetooth and NFC (near field communication) when not in use
- Use public Wi-Fi safely i.e. do banking or shopping at home
- Wipe your old gadget before donating, selling or recycling
How to stop advertisers and more from tracking you
- iPhone users - go into Settings > Privacy > scroll down to Advertising > slide the ‘Limit ad Tracking’ to show green. This will stop ad companies from tracking what you do with your phone and serving targeted ads.
- Android users - go to your Google Settings App > turn off ‘Google AdID’ at the bottom of the page > Ads > check ‘opt out of interest-based ads’.
- Windows users - log into your Microsoft account > search ‘Ad opt-out page’ > change ‘personalize ads whenever I use my Microsoft account’ to off.
‘Reset Advertising Identifier’ will zero out the anonymized identifier linked to your personal data on Apple’s servers, i.e. you will appear to be a new user making it more difficult for advertisers to build up a browsing profile.