Where was the last public place you visited that had Wi-Fi? These days, nearly every coffee shop, library, airport and hotel offer a way to access the internet from your cell phone or other mobile device. That means the information you have on your phone could be available to hackers in the area – unless you’ve taken steps to protect your data.
Here are a few recommendations from the University of Michigan:
• Don’t access personal or financial data with public Wi-Fi.
• This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people check their bank accounts or make purchases with a credit card while using public Wi-Fi. It’s best to do those things on a secure connection.
• Turn off anything you don’t need.
• Hackers can use certain features on your phone to get at your information, location or connection. So, instead of keeping your GPS, wireless connection, and geo-tracking on all the time, just turn them on when you need them.
• Choose your apps wisely.
• Only download apps from trustworthy sources that have established a good reputation. Make sure you update your software and apps regularly and get rid of old apps you don’t use.
• Use a password, lock code, or encryption.
• Make sure your passwords are at least eight characters long, with a mix of upper and lower case, and include numbers or other characters, and never use the auto-complete feature for passwords. You can use the storage encryption feature on your phone to protect your private data.
• Be skeptical about links and attachments.
• If you’re not sure about the source, don’t use the link or open the attachment.
• Trace or erase.
• Make sure your data is secure if your mobile device is stolen or lost. You can set up your device to lock itself after a pre-set number of failed log-in attempts.
For more guidance on keeping your home and business secure, reach out to the cyber insurance experts at Halkos Insurance 301-206-5464.
Originally published by Chubb.