The rapidly growing number of individuals using smartphones and tablets for mobile banking has created a new target for cybercriminals to exploit. You need to take mobile device security just as seriously as you do security for your computers and laptops.
Here are some tips on how to enhance your online security for mobile devices:
Use a password
Make sure that your mobile device is secured with a password. Also change the pre-set standard codes to prevent unauthorised use of your mobile device if you lose it.
Keep your mobile device updated
Update your mobile device regularly to close security holes. It is important to keep the software on your phone, tablet and apps up to date.
Install only apps you trust
Be aware that when you download and install applications for your mobile device, they may contain malware. Download only apps you trust from the reputable app markets, such as Google Play, App Store or Windows Market.
Download mobile security software for your smartphone.
The majority of anti-virus software vendors provide mobile security software.
Avoid keeping sensitive data on mobile devices.
Mobile Devices are much easier for a thief to steal than desktops, and even laptops. If your device is stolen, all of the information you have saved on that device is now in someone else’s hands. Pictures and personal emails may be okay to save on your device, but financial records, important passwords and sensitive email messages are not.
If you lose your smartphone or change your number
Remove the old number from your mobile banking profile.