20 Ways to Block Mobile Attacks

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March 14, 2019
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With mobile attacks on the rise this year, we wanted to push the importance of ensuring you are doing everything possible to keep yourself from becoming another victim of mobile attacks; be just as careful on your mobile as you would on your desktop!

So, here are the TOP 20 ways to block mobile attacks...

WiFi:

  • 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're absolutely sure it's a secure network.

Apps:

  • Only us apps available in your device's official store - NEVER download from a browser.
  • Be wary of apps from unkown developers or those with limited/bad reviews.
  • Keep them updated to ensure they have the latest security.
  • If they're no longer supported by your store, just delete!
  • Don't grant administrator, or excessive privileges to apps unless you truly trust them.

Browser:

  • Watch out for ads, giveaways and contests that seem too good to be true. Often these lead to phishing sites that appear to be legit.
  • Pay close attention to URLs. These are harder to verify on mobile screens but its worth the effort.
  • Never save your login information when you're using a web browser.

Bluetooth:

  • Disable automatic Bluetooth pairing.
  • Always turn it off when you don't need it.

Smishing (phishing via SMS):

  • Don't trust messages that attempt to get you to reveal any personal information.
  • Beware of similar tactics in platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, etc.
  • Treat messages the same way you would treat email, always think before you click!

Vishing (voice phishing):

  • Do not respond to telephone or email requests for personal financial information. If you are concerned, call the financial institution directly using the phone number that appears on the back of your credit card or on your monthly statement.
  • Never click on a link in an unsolicited commercial email.
  • Speak only with live people when providing account information, and only when you initiate the call.
  • Install software that can tell you whether you are on a secure or fake website.

If you have any queries or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us on 01482 420 150 or info@theonepoint.co.uk.

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