Although most people are aware they have vulnerable information in their smartphones, a majority fail to protect it using a few simple steps.
Cybersecurity expert Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., director of the SECuRE and Trustworthy computing Lab (SECRET Lab), says most people ignore the single best way to protect personal smartphones.
â€śYour smartphone is more vulnerable than any other electronic device,â€ť said Hasan, an assistant professor of Computer and Information Sciences. â€śThe simplest, most effective thing you can do is to set up a passcode, but people donâ€™t usually want to bother with it.â€ť
Hasan's other tips include:
- Never pay bills or do banking on phones using public Wi-Fi
- Use landlines, never cellphones, for conversations about sensitive work-related matters
- Beware of browsing mobile sites
- Log out of social media and email accounts or set smartphone controls to time out
More information and tips for smartphone protection online.