Cybersecurity Awareness: Mobile Device Tips

Cybersecurity Awareness
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 mikewilson1@cwi.edu 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.