CyberSecurity and Data Privacy
Data Protection on Mobile Devices
Secure your phone
Use a strong passcode to lock your phone.
Keep a Clean Machine.
Mobile devices are computers with software that needs to be kept up‐to‐date (just like your PC, laptop or tablet). Security protections are built in and updated on a regular basis. Take time to make sure all the mobile devices in your house have the latest protections. IT Services recommends that all Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smartphone/tablet users download and install a malware protection program
Keep security software current:
Having the latest mobile security software, web browser, and Operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices all need protection from viruses and malware.
Protect Your Personal Information.
Phones can contain tremendous amounts of personal information. Lost or stolen devices can be used to gather information about you and, potentially, others. Protect your phone like you would your computer.
Think before you app.
Only give your mobile number out to people you know and trust
Never give anyone else's number out without their permission.
Learn how to disable the geotagging feature on your phone
Connect with Care.
Use common sense when you connect. If you’re online through an unsecured or unprotected network, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.
Get savvy about Wi‐Fi hotspots
Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your phone.
Protect your $$
When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with "https://" , which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. "Http://" is not secure.
When in doubt, don’t respond. Fraudulent texting, calling and voicemails are on the rise. Just like email, requests for personal information or to immediate action are almost always a scam.
Be Web Wise.
Stay informed of the latest updates on your device. Know what to do if something goes wrong.
Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online.
Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
Know how to cell block others.
Using caller ID, you can block all incoming calls or block individual names and numbers.
Use caution when meeting face‐to‐face with someone who you only "know" through text
Even though texting is often the next step after online chatting, that does not mean that it is safer.
Be a Good Online Citizen.
It is easy to say things from via phone or text that you would never say face to face. Maintain the same level of courtesy on the phone as they would in the real world.
Safer for me more secure for all
What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
Text to others only as you would have them text to you.
Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
Take a moment to be certain the path is clear ahead. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.
Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
For additional information please go to: http://www.scranton.edu/pir/its/techservices/mobile/MDC_home.shtml?agree=0
Is your social identity safe?
There are many ways to help protect yourself when just browsing the web, or engaging on social media, below are some of the most important tips to help protect yourself:
Social Media Experiments
Quite a few researchers have been toying with the information that is freely available on the internet. These below links are just some of the more recent experiments:
By default, most phones automatically encode location data directly inside of photos taken. If you don't tell your phone not to post location data, and your tweets are public anyone can know your habits and even where you live!
Facebook profiles are, again by default, almost completely public. If you don't change your settings to restrict who can see your posts, they will be archived on the internet forever. Think any of these people regret what they've posted yet? How about when a current or potential future employer do a simple Google search and see them?
"Take this lollipop" was such a hit in it's first iteration, they are currently funding a sequel. This site asks you to allow it to access your facebook profile, and then shows you a video of what someone could do with that information. The important take away from this is that even if you make your profile private, you need to watch what apps you allow to access it!