• Don’t lose
your phone. I know it sounds simple, but know where your
phone is at all times. Keep it in the same pocket every time
you leave your home, and leave it in the same spot when you
password, password. We are all busy, and it is tempting to
disable the password function on your phone. Don’t do it! A
password will deter a thief and hopefully give you time to
disable your phone if lost.
• Download apps
from safe sites. Use the official app stores to download
your apps. Don’t click on links from unknown sources – they
may have malicious code attached that could compromise your
• Log off. If
you use a mobile banking app, be sure to log off when you
are finished using the service. Some applications will
remain open, and if the phone is stolen, the thief could
easily see your information. Logging off is a simple way to
ensure you have disconnected from the mobile banking site.
connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. Criminals can intercept
information that is submitted through a public network, and
in an instant, your information could be stolen.
• Don’t click
on links from an unknown source. The same rule can be
applied to your smartphone as well as your home PC. Links
from an unknown source are trying to divert you to a site
that will load malicious code on your phone that will track
your information. Delete any unknown texts or links – they
are most likely malicious.