Smartphones are fantastic. They enable us to peruse the Internet, check our email—and even allow us to communicate with friends without the burden of verbal communication.
But for all the good that goes with gadgets in the BYOD era, there is an increased potential for harm.
Inside that non-pleated pant pocket your smartphone might be smuggling a cyber criminal. Here are some tips to keep your smartphone safe and hacker-free.
• Add Security Software
Security Software is just as important for your cell phone as it is for your business or home computer, yet many consumers have no idea that it exists. SOPHOS has a free app that offers baseline protection for your mobile device.
• QR Codes
From restaurant countertops to business cards, these over-pixelated barcodes are a hacker’s best friend. In many instances, a QR code is an embedded link to a website—masked so as to be indistinguishable to the naked eye. How do you know it’s taking you to a safe site? You don’t. Consider downloading Norton Snap which works as a QR decoder ring, which allows you to decipher the link for safety.
• Turn off automatic Wi-Fi