Your cell phone is a very, very powerful tool. Most of you don’t have a simple flip phone, but you have a smart phone that has complex software and features built into it and that you can add. Hackers, looking for any opportunity to steal your information, would love to get your hands on your data, don’t let them. Here’s a few things to consider.
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- If you are using your cell phone for highly confidential information that a competitor, money driven hacker or foreign government would want to access, work with a security expert to harden your phone.
- If you’re a “regular” cell phone user be careful what applications you download and only download them from secure web sites such as the Apple, Google, RIM or Microsoft app stores.
- Change the default passwords on everything on your phone that has a password, including your voice mail.
- Be careful who you allow to “borrow” your phone.
- Be careful in using WiFi on your phone. Sign onto a compromised WiFi network and the information you’re transmitting can be sniffed by a hacker.
- The best way to protect your phone is to pull out the battery.
The New York Times writes about this more, here’s a quote from their article:
“Individuals can have a significant impact in protecting themselves from the kind of fraud and cybercrimes we’re starting to see in the mobile space,” said Paul N. Smocer, the president of Bits, the technology policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable, an industry association of more than 100 financial institutions.