Mobile devices are as powerful and connected as PCs and laptops.  In fact, in today's mobile world, you may even complete more taskes on your mobile devices than your desktop or laptop. When it comes to online activity and security, use the same care on your mobile devices as you do on your computer:

  • Keep security software current: The latest mobile security software is the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats.  
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Any device that connects to the internet, not only computers and smart phones, but also gaming systems, and other webenabled devices all need updates to remain protected from viruses and malware.
  • Secure your phone: Use a strong passcode to lock your phone. Your mobile devices contain vast amounts of personal information.  If your device is lost or stolen, you are at risk of having this information exposed.
  • Before downloading apps and accepting product end user license agreements, be sure to review all privacy policies and understand what data (location, access to your social networks, account connectivity) on your device the app can access before you download it.
  • Only give your mobile number out to people you know and trust.  Never give anyone else's number out without their permission.
  • Consider disabling the geotagging feature on your phone.  Geotagging adds your location and other geographic data to your pictures, videos, messages and other media.  If you use geotagging in social media, this could potentially give out tremendous amounts of information about you to your contacts.  Consider this feature carefully.
  • Only use secure, password-protected Wi-Fi, rather than open, public networks.
  • When banking and shopping look for web addresses that begin with "https://" or "shttp://".  "Http://" is not secure.
  • Fraudulent texting, calling and voicemails are on the rise. These tactics are similar to email phishing and all requests for personal information should be treated with great care.
  • Know how to cell block others.
  • Use caution when meeting face-to-face with someone who you only "know" online.
  • Only share with an individual what you wouldn't mind sharing with the world.
  • Be Kind.  No Online Bullying.
  • Ask permission before taking pictures or videos of others.  Do not post photos of others without their permission.  Take special care with photos of children. Let others know they need your permission before taking pictures or videos of you.