Protect Your Mobile from Hackers

Reblogger Jeff Dowler, CRS
Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

Being secure from hackers is essential on our computers, and many have protections in place.

 

But you might not be so secure on your Smartphones. As always, Robert provides some great suggestions for being sure you are as well protected on your mobile as you are on your laptop.

Original content by Robert Siciliano

If you are like most of us, you probably have a password, antivirus program, and a firewall for your home computer to protect it from hackers. Are you doing the same thing for your phone?

From 2015 to 2016 malware infections on smartphones swelled by 96%, and about 71% of the smartphones out there do not have any software at all to protect them. What does that mean for you? It means the odds are against you when it comes to getting your phone hacked. Luckily, there are some things you can do to protect your mobile phone from hackers:

  • Update Your Operating System – Many people skip updates for some reason. Don’t put it off. Most of these updates contain security fixes that your old operating system didn’t have.
  • Put a Lock On It – If your phone doesn’t have a passcode on it, it’s like leaving the front door of your home open for burglars. Hackers will get in; it’s just a matter of time. If you can, use a biometric method, like a swipe or finger tap. In addition, set up a good passcode. Make sure it’s totally unique and nothing a hacker can guess, like your address or birthday.
  • Use Caution with Public Wi-Fi – Public Wi-Fi is great, in theory, but it can also be dangerous, as it is very easy for hackers to access your info. It’s usually pretty safe to use a public Wi-Fi connection for things like catching up on the news or watching a movie, but don’t put any personal information into your device such as your banking password or credit card number.
  • Check Up On Your Apps – Hackers often use phone apps to access data. So, to make sure you are really safe, make sure to delete any apps that you aren’t using regularly. An outdated app can be dangerous, too, so make sure to always update when one is available. Also, only download apps from reputable sources like Google Play and iTunes.
  • Use a VPN – Finally, use a VPN, or virtual private network. This will encrypt your information when you use it over a public network. They are free or cheap, usually $5 to $30, and that small investment is definitely worth it for your safety.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen. See him knock’em dead in this identity theft prevention video.

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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Appreciate you re-sharing this info, Jeff Dowler ... 

So many of my mortgage clients use their phones for mortgage and communication purposes during their processing.  If not protected, that could prove disastrous.  Best to be protected and completely updated at all times ...

Gene

Jul 19, 2017 10:09 AM #1
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Belinda Spillman
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These are great tips.  You never know who is trying to hack your phone.

Jul 19, 2017 10:09 AM #2
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William Feela
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I don't trust any of the protections and put almost no personal info on mine

Jul 19, 2017 11:15 AM #3
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Jeff, 

We need to keep cyber-security at the forefront of the conversation especially in our business. A great choice for a reblog. Thank you!

Jul 19, 2017 04:19 PM #4
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James Dray
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Good morning Jeff. Hmm, I don't believe I have security on my cell phone except for what came with it.  I'll check, thanks

Jul 20, 2017 01:41 AM #5
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Jeff, these are great tips, thank you for re-blogging. Whether it's our phones or computer we have to  be so careful these days.

Jul 20, 2017 04:39 AM #6
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Grant Schneider
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Good Morning Jeff - thanks for re blogging Robert Siciliano 's informative tips on mobile security. We need to stay on top of it. 

Jul 20, 2017 06:17 AM #7
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Interesting that Robert's post is similar in ways to the one I wrote this morning Jeff. Great information to pass along and thanks again for stopping by on my page!

Jul 20, 2017 12:22 PM #8
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Great reblog Jeff.  It's hard to read all of the posts, and I do like reading Robert's. 

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Jeff really good reblog. I need to make sure Gary reads this. I'm his source for keeping up with all this stuff.  Thanks!

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Thanks for stopping by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi  - I think many don't think about security on their phones in the same way they do about their computers.

So true Belinda Spillman  and there are lots of opportunities!

Jeff

Jul 21, 2017 08:14 AM #11
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Hi William Feela  - I'm sure there are others with similar concerns!

Thank tou Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  - the more we hear about what's going on the more we need to know about how to protect ourselves!

James Dray  - true for many people I bet.

Jeff

Jul 21, 2017 08:15 AM #12
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