10 ways to avoid mobile cyber crime

Your mobile may have the most intelligent impact protection on the planet but a rogue email could empty your bank account. Here’s a guide to keeping your handset safe from the inside out.

Techniques for coaxing people to reveal their passwords are among the biggest threats we face according to a recent government survey. It looks like a text from a friend but they want to know just a little too much information. If that is what you’re thinking then it’s time to hit delete.

At work nearly two-thirds of small business have reported numerous different types of cyber-attacks over the last two years. One of the most common being fraudulent emails misread on a small screen. Taking time to defend your mobile could save you £000s here are 10 easy ways to keep safe from attack.

1. When did you last update your software? Those annoying reminders are doing you a favour. Updates are often released to protect your device from recently discovered vulnerabilities the cyber-cat burglar knows how to exploit. Updating your software is an essential tip.

2. Do you lock your phone when not in use? Most parents know how dangerous a toddler can be with an unlocked phone. A phone without a passcode is an open sweet shop. Updating your passcode is a must too; if 1, 2, 3, 4 isn’t going to stop toddler you may have to rethink.

3. Popular passwords available online. The UK government estimates we can have up to 25 online accounts, often with the same password. The advice is to update regularly and Facebook is the first place they’ll look for your mother’s maiden name.

4. Where did you get that app? This is could be one of your drunkenly installed keep fit apps that is regularly asking/phishing for you to log in. It takes minutes to review your apps and there are anti-virus ones that can audit existing apps and check new ones as you download.

5. Lockscreen notifications broadcast your personal information. What does that meeting reminder say about you or your business? With your phone on a coffee table a little reminder or email, could be the just the sign a thief needs to know that it’s worth pinching!

6. What to do before it gets lost. If the phone does disappear the “find my device” services can show on a map where your phone is and erase or lock it. You can also ring you missing phone to draw attention to where it may be.

7. Lock individual apps, prevent further data loss. If you phone falls foul to a thief while you’re texting, having a separate passcode for you banking app or email account so that they can’t access it.

8. Protection from a rogue website. Following a social media post can lead you to visit a rogue website. There are apps that now monitor your identity across different platforms and alert you of suspicious activity such as logins from an exotic location.

9. Open Wi-Fi may be risky. This kind of cyber-attack does require a sophisticated amount of cyber kit however if you’re doubtful of the Wi-Fi choice appearing on your device, don’t join it. Alternatively, you can install a VPN tool to encrypt your online journey.

10. Smartwatch is looking out for you. If your Android Wear or AppleWatch loses its Bluetooth connection with your phone, an alert can be set up. Not only will this be useful when you’ve left the phone on the kitchen table, it will also let you know if someone else has borrowed it.