Mobile Phone Safety Tips

As mobiles become more integral to daily life, an awareness of safety sadly appears to be diminishing. Not only do many users risk life and limb, many reveal so much private information that they allow themselves to become a stalker or thief’s dream. Sound alarmist? Possibly so, yet that doesn’t negate the truth that too few mobile users realise how easy it is to become a victim through one’s cell phone. As each mobile and its features and after-market apps advance, so do the skills of con-artists and worse. It is incredibly important to start implementing old-school safety measures with modern-day technology.

Physical Safety

The need for caution whilst driving is well-documented. However, many injuries can also be caused by walking and texting and cycling and texting. When hiking on loose gravel or up inclines, every step should be monitored to assure safety. Cycling also requires diligence, as well as keen awareness of pedestrians, motorists and other cyclists. If out trying to enjoy nature, put the phone in a pocket and do just that.

For mobile users not only is attention diverted from the road, absorption with one’s phone also takes attention away from surroundings. Today’s thief has only to look for potential victims with eyes on their mobile screen to take quick advantage of the situation. You’d think people would be safer thanks to cell phones, right? True the ability to call for help or photograph an assailant could assist a person in need—but only when a mobile user remains aware whilst texting, calling or Web browsing in a public area.

Private Information

If a phone is lost or stolen the consequences could be quite a bit more dire than mere inconvenience. Modern-day luxuries such as mobile banking and e-commerce sites with saved credit card information could allow a variety of accounts to be cleared out in minutes flat.

Too, many users make the mistake of using the same pin and password for a variety of dealings. Before doing anything, protect the phone with any number of safety features, from a simple unique password to face or retinal recognition. Then protect individual online account with other unique pins and passwords. Once business is completed for each transaction, log out of the site completely.

Though it will make each individual transaction more of a hassle, it would be nothing compared to the pain and frustration caused by identity theft.

Malware

Beware fraudulent sites, as well. Install a reputable screening programme that will shield your mobile from harmful phishing software. Keep the antivirus protection running constantly, and also remember to update the programme whenever suggested, as cyber thieves are always enhancing their own malicious files. Also be sure to do a deeper file scan on a regular basis.

Beware Telling Too Much

Another concern resulting from mobile usage is the tendency to post too much information, to the exclusion of safety. A variety of social media outlets encourage users to “check in” to locales throughout the day. Beyond telegraphing one’s moves, checking in announces to the world at large, “I’m here.” The idea behind such posts is valid because it’s a great way to promote businesses and places one frequents.

Yet even with tightened privacy settings, checking in to places upon arrival lets others know exactly where you are and where you aren’t. The same caution should be taken when posting about holidays away from the home. To keep yourself and your property safe, try to get into the habit of checking in after leaving a place and posting about holidays once safely returned. And please don’t post images of your child with his or her name and school.

Think such a thing doesn’t happen? It does, and all too often. Remember that even if your social media settings are reserved for friends that does not mean friends of friends can’t get access to private information with a simple visit to an unsecured computer. Even when you’ve tightened up security that does not mean your friends have.

Mobile phones are terrifically convenient gadgets to own. Just remember that you own it—don’t let it own you to the exclusion of common sense and safety.

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  1. Thanks for these helpful tips.This will certainly help every body.

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