Protect Your Mobile Device

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Mobile malware is on the rise with the number of new malware variants for mobile devices increased by 50% in 2019 with 24,000 malicious apps blocked daily. Here are ways to protect your mobile device:

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  • Use strong passwords/biometrics – Strong passwords coupled with biometric features, such as fingerprint authenticators, make unauthorized access nearly impossible.
    • Learn more about dual-factor authentication (and how to use it with WCCU’s Mobile App for Online Banking).
  • Try to avoid public or free Wi-Fi – These free Wi-Fi access points are mostly unencrypted so never use them to access any sensitive information such as banking or healthcare.
  • Utilize VPN – If you’re not sure about the security status of the network to which you’re connected, using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) will help secure your mobile device.
  • Encrypt your device – Most mobile devices are bundled with a built-in encryption feature. This is important in case of theft, and it prevents unauthorized access.
  • Install an antivirus application – The files you download and the apps you install on your mobile device might be packed with malicious code. To avoid that, installing a reputable antivirus application will guarantee your security.
  • Keep your mobile device software updated – New loopholes might be exploited leaving your device open to threats, to avoid that, always update your firmware/device.

Making your mobile device secure is not an easy task, but it should be your first priority. As there are new vulnerabilities found every day, it’s important to make sure that you are aware of any suspicious activity that occurs on your device.

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