Every time you download a new app to your mobile device, you open up new ways for cybercriminals to hack into your data. Here are seven ways to reduce that risk:
- Delete any apps you no longer use. We all have a handful of apps on our devices that are unused. Removing them closes one door for a potential hack, and also frees up much-needed space.
- Check app permissions. Sometimes we just click “yes” to everything when we download a new app, whether we’re in a hurry or unsure what the questions really mean. Take a few minutes to go through your app permissions and make sure you haven’t approved anything you are uncomfortable with.
- Turn on automatic updates. Go to your device settings and make sure automatic updates are enabled. These updates further protect you from cyberthreats, and also help your device run more smoothly.
- Be stingy with what you download. Do you really need another random game on your phone? Does anything about the app look suspicious? Protect yourself by only downloading apps from trusted, reputable sources.
- Create better passwords. Make sure you’re not using common passwords. We recommend passwords be at least eight characters long, combining letters, numbers, and symbols. Or you can also use passphrases like, “I love pumpkin spice lattes” or something else unique that you’re likely to remember. BARR highly recommends using a password manager (like LastPass) or enabling multi-factor authentication. Learn more about password security here.
- Turn off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and/or GPS when not in use. Having these on allows cybercriminals to more easily access your information. Only turn them on when you need to, especially when traveling. Doing this also saves battery — that’s a win-win.
- Never store personal information on your mobile device. Should a hacker obtain access, don’t make it worth their while by offering up your personal info.
Contact us with any questions you have about mobile-device security or other cybersecurity best practices.