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May I just assume that you have a Smartphone? Many of us can’t imagine our lives without the Internet connection at our fingertips 24/7. And modern technology is constantly working on the next best thing to bring us to. Don’t take me wrong, I love being connected just like the next person – I love watching my favorite shows while sitting at my daughter’ gym. Out for a walk? Here is my favorite music. Payment due today? Just give me a minute.
However, I can’t help but wonder, how much sensitive data do I let out into the cloud without even realizing it. That is why I am especially happy to share some mobile security wisdom and it comes from the ultimate professionals of the Internet – #ProtectwithNorton Norton by Symantec.
Keep it official
Use bank originated apps for all your transactions. If you trust your bank with the money, that is because you know they have enough security to protect it. Your bank’s robust login procedure will include a PIN and memorable information, and it will use SSL (secure socket layer) to encrypt sessions. Regardless of how many positive reviews the third party programs might have, stick to the official apps for your peace of mind. Put your app to the test with this free tool, the App Security Score widget powered by Norton Mobile Insight technology.
Sure thing, financial institutions periodically send you unsolicited emails and texts, but be aware of any emails or messages that prompt you to click a link to access your account. If you want to proceed, close the message and login through the official app. Whenever you are on the web, look out for the “https” in the site address, a sure sign of a secured URL.
Free Wi-Fi is Not Really Free
I love saving my data plan by using free public Wi-Fi, and my phone is trained very well to use Wi-Fi whenever it is available. However, if you need to access sensitive data, turn your Wi-Fi OFF, because using public Internet is equal to letting a stranger look over your shoulder while you enter your PIN in a shop or at a cash machine. A password protected, private home Wi-Fi or virtual private network use much safer connections.
Lock It Up
Most banking apps will automatically log off when you close the app, but just to make sure you are in the clear, click the “Logout” button. Also, set an automatic time-out screen lock switched on for your phone, so that even if you leave an app logged in, a thief won’t be able to get close enough to do real damage.
Double The Security
Is there such things as Internet security for Smartphones? Believe it or not, it is – and with a name like Norton, you bet it is 100% legit. Your phone might be smart, but is it smarter than the latest sophisticated virtual criminals? To take away the uncertainty about which apps you can trust, consider trying Norton Mobile Security and use it to scan apps for malicious code before you download and run them. Your security doesn’t have to cost a bundle – just check out Norton by Symantec page on Coupon.com.