Tuesday Tip: Protect your Smartphone

phishing attack via textDid you know your phone can be hacked just like a computer? A lot of people assume their phones don’t require the same security as their computer, yet their mobile devices can be susceptible to malware and phishing attacks too. Phishing attacks via email are common, and lately, many are starting to come text messages as well.

Malware can be disguised as apps or message attachments. A simple rule to protect your phone is to NEVER click a link or download software that you receive in an unsolicited text message. Simply delete the text message.

If you are connecting your phone to your computer, beware that some types of malware can travel from one device to another. Malware doesn’t always show up immediately and for some, it is too late once it is discovered.

To keep your phone safe and secure:

  • Use two-factor authentication whenever possible
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi networks. If you must use one, start using a VPN solution.
  • Keep your phone updated. Hackers love to exploit apps that may have security holes and are not updated.
  • Uninstall any suspicious apps that you don’t remember installing.
  • Only install apps from trusted sources. i.e., Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  • Backup your data. Android and Apple both have options to do this.

If you have questions or need help keeping your smartphone secure, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.

Justin Culver: As a Client Manager, Justin provides customer service, desktop support and account management for the customers of Network 1. They know they can turn to him to answer questions about their service and depend on him to keep them informed about opportunities that can help them increase productivity.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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