Cybersecurity Awareness: Mobile Device Tips

Published: March 14, 2019

Limit attacks while using your mobile device by following these tips:

  • Don’t allow your device to auto-join unfamiliar networks.
  • Always turn off WiFi when you aren’t using it or don’t need it.
  • Never send sensitive information over WiFi unless you know it’s secure. 
  • Only use apps available in your devices official store.
  • Never download from a browser and be wary of apps from unknown developers. 
  • Keep apps updated to ensure they have the latest security, apps that are no longer supported should be deleted. 
  • Don’t automatically give privileges to apps or access to your location, contacts, or photos. 
  • Bluesnarfing is the theft of information from a wireless device through a Bluetooth connection. 
  • Disable Bluetooth pairing and always turn off Bluetooth when not in use. 
  • Smishing is phishing via SMS (text messages). Don’t trust messages that attempt to get you to reveal personal information. 
  • Treat text messages the same way you treat email, think before you click. 
  • Verify websites before attempting to log in, they are harder to validate on the smaller screens of devices. 
  • Don’t save your login information to the web browser. 

Contact Mike Wilson at or 208.562.3193 with questions or for more information, and stay tuned for more tips and information on cybersecurity awareness in future issues of Bert’s Alerts.

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