Security & how to be secure?

October is the National Cyber Security Awareness month Please see below the risks and how to avoid them.

NCSAM

Threats to your mobile phone:

1: Data leakage. A stolen or lost phone with unprotected memory allows an attacker to read the data on it.

Solution - Set a passcode lock, check out James' Tips opposite.

2: Improper decommissioning. When a used phone is disposed of or transferred to another user without removing sensitive data, this allows an attacker to read it.

Solution - Make sure the handheld is wiped. Check out James' Tips opposite before you sell on or Recycle.

3: Unintentional data disclosure. Most apps have privacy settings, but many users are unaware (or do not remember) that their data is being transmitted, and don’t know how to change the settings to stop it.

Solution - Only download from the reputable App stores such as Blackberry App World, Android Market Place, Apple App Store and Nokia Ovi Store.

4: Phishing. An attacker collects user credentials (eg passwords, credit card numbers) using fake apps or (sms, email) messages that seem genuine.

Solution - We have all had those SMS messages saying we are entitled to compensation for the accident that we never had. Don't be tempted to call the company on a premium rate number or give them any information that you think they may have when they don't even know your name.

5: Spyware. The user unknowingly installs spyware that allows an attacker to read or guess personal data. This includes software that asks for and then abuses access privilege on the smartphone.

Solution - Only download from the reputable App stores such as Blackberry App World, Android Market Place, Apple App Store and Nokia Ovi Store.

 

Other tips include and are not generalised to Smartphones;

1: Always have a complex password on your computer, smart phone, etc. (even though passwords are considered a weak security measure). If you lose your iPhone or Droid, no one should be able to find and use your smart phone without having to first crack your password. Apps like 'Find my iPhone' and 'Blackberry Protect' are also useful to help locate and remotely wipe your device.

Blackberry ProtectBlackberry Protect app

2: Install, run and keep anti-virus software current on your computer, smart phone, etc.

3: Back up your phone and check to see if there are any software updates that can be applied.

Check out the Stay Safe Online website for more info on staying safe online and also take a look at Action Fraud in the UK for more local information. www.staysafeonline.org