12 tips to protect your mobile device from hackers
Accessing technology is easier than it’s ever been. With more and more Americans being connected to their phones, it’s important to remember cyber threats can occur not only on a laptop or computer, but also on your mobile device. There are many steps you can take to help protect your mobile device against cyber threats, some of which include:
Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen.
Log out completely when you finish a secure session in My Alerus, or any financial mobile app
Protect your phone from viruses and malicious software, or malware, just like you do for your computer by installing mobile security software.
Download the updates for your phone and mobile apps.
Use caution when downloading apps. Apps can contain malicious software, worms, and viruses. Beware of apps that ask for unnecessary “permissions.”
Avoid storing sensitive information like passwords or a social security number on your mobile device.
Tell your financial institution immediately if you change your phone number or lose your mobile device.
Be aware of shoulder surfers. The most basic form of information theft is observation. Be aware of your surroundings especially when you’re punching in sensitive information.
Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.