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How Smart is Your Smartphone?

May 1st, 2013 | by admin admin | in Security Advice |    0   comments

smartphone.jpgiPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4? Rogers, Telus or Bell? Does it even matter? Regardless of your smartphone model or options, security is a key—and often overlooked—concern. Attacks on mobile devices are on the rise and it pays to take security precautions, especially when using public wi-fi.

1. Combine digits, upper- and lower-case letters, and symbols to create an effective password. Change your password every couple of months.

2. Configure your device to lock down after a short time.

3. Write down your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number, or store it somewhere safe. To access your IMEI, type *#06# or look on the back, behind the battery. An IMEI is a unique identifier, like a fingerprint, for your mobile device and can be used to deny wireless network access to a stolen device.

4. Limit the personal information stored on your smartphone, and avoid sending personal data over public wireless networks. Clear the device of all personal data when recycling your cell phone (see http://www.recyclemycell.ca/recycling-your-device/ for device-specific instructions).

5. Keep your device software up to date, to ensure current security protection. Don’t remove or alter any manufacturer’s security features or install illegal software.

6. Only install applications from trusted sources, such as apps to:

  • Remove/erase data remotely in case of loss or theft
  • Track your device
  • Protect your device against viruses and spyware

7. Review all requests for permissions access carefully when installing applications.

8. Monitor your wireless bill for suspicious charges.

9. Stay savvy:

  • Do not click on any links from emails or text messages that seem suspicious.
  • If using your mobile device to log on to Web sites, make sure that you completely log out after each session.
  • Use only secure Wi-Fi networks.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use.

10. Watch out for “shoulder surfing,” people staring over your shoulder. Use the same precautions that you would employ at an ABM and shield your device.

11. Back up important files, as you would for your laptop. Consider device insurance options.

Bonus Tip:

You can also use your smartphone to protect your other property. Contact Radius today to find out how you can monitor your home or business, receive video alarm verification alerts and instruct us to dispatch the police—all with the touch of a smartphone button.


Sources: B.C. Crime Prevention Association and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association’s Protect Your Data initiative


Originally published May 1, 2013

Note: This blog discusses general safety and security topics. It is not intended to provide comprehensive advice or guidance. In all matters of personal safety and security, we encourage readers to research topics in depth and consult a security professional about specific concerns.

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