Protecting Your Data on Your Mobile
Ensuring that your data is protected on your mobile phone is as essential as ever. With developments in technology, hackers and scammers are finding new and more sophisticated ways to obtain your information. People traditionally are also more lacking in mobile phone security, as they believe that mobile phones are immune to such issues. They may always make sure that they have up to date anti-virus software on their computer, but neglect to protect their smartphone, which is a mini hand-held computer.
Checking a website’s SSL certificate is normally a good indication that the website is safe, particularly for inputting personal and credit card information. SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer”. Depending on your mobile phone browser, you will be aware if a site is safe by the indication of a padlock in the browser toolbar, and clicking on the padlock will reveal the certificate and expiry date. If there is no padlock or the padlock is broken, the site does not have an SSL Certificate. Ensuring the website’s safety means that you can happily use your mobile phone for any activity which you would normally use your computer or laptop for, such as to play bingo on your phone without any fear of a security breach.
The key to safety when utilising e-mails on your mobile phone is to remember never to open a document from an e-mail if you do not trust the source or the content of the e-mail sounds suspicious. If someone is sending you a proof of payment which you are not expecting, do not open it. If someone is promising you a prize that sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Common sense should always prevail.
While one should be aware of the potential risks of technology, that should not prevent you from enjoying the use of your mobile and smartphone. Instead, being educated and informed is critical, and you should continue to enjoy using your phone for your favourite games, such as people were able to do, before technology evolved to include malicious software.