Commentary

September 13, 2013

Data thieves use smartphones to gain personal info

Smartphones can perform many of the functions of a personal computer. Keep it secure from data thieves with these tips:

• Set a secret pin and password to prevent unauthorized access to the phone’s home screen to prevent others from using it. Set your smartphone to lock after five minutes when idle.

• Do not modify the smartphone’s security setting. Modifying the built-in security setting is called “jail breaking.” This undermines the phone’s security and it makes the phone easier to attack.

• Back up and secure data stored on your phone such as contacts, documents and photos. Store these files on a computer, removal storage card or in the Cloud, where they can easily be restored if the phone is lost, stolen or erased.

• Only install applications, or apps, from trusted sources after ensuring it is legitimate. Apps downloaded from unreliable sources may contain malware that can and will steal personal information.

• Understand an apps’ permissions regarding personal information or ability to change their performance functions before accepting them. Check your phone’s privacy settings for each app.

• Install security apps that enable remote location and data wiping in the event a phone is lost or stolen. A good security feature available on smartphones is the ability to remotely locate and erase all the data stored on the phone, even if it’s GPS is off. These apps can also help you find your phone.

• Accept smartphone software updates and patches; it needs to be updated and patched to keep it secure and working correctly. Always let your phone provider update your phone.

• Your phone is an easy target for cybercriminals on Wi-Fi networks. Use a phone provider’s trusted Wi-Fi source to reduce the chance of putting data at risk. Never provide login or personal account information on public Wi-Fi networks.

• Wipe personal data and return the old phone to its original factory setting before donating, reselling or recycling it.

• Report a stolen smartphone. The wireless service providers have a stolen phone database. If your phone is stolen, report the theft to your local law enforcement authorities and then register the stolen phone with your wireless provider to allow the provider to prevent the phone from being reactivated and placed back on the cell network.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Maranda Flynn

EPG celebrates 60 years, new small arc structure dedicated

Maranda Flynn From left, Rob Reiner, former Electronic Proving Ground technical director, Eddie Flores, EPG’s youngest employee, and Maj. Gen. Peter Utley, commanding general, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, cut the ca...
 
 
USAF Photo by Joel Martinez

IMCOM welcomes new commander

USAF Photo by Joel Martinez Army Lt. Gen. David Halverson, left, accepts the colors from Army Gen. John Campbell, center, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and assumes duties as commanding general of the U.S. Army Installation M...
 
 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2014

In the United States of America, every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success. Yet tragically, hundreds of thousands of young Americans shoulder the burden of abuse or neglect. As a Nation, we must do better. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we strengthen our resolve...
 

 
DoD
Tanja Linton

DoD salutes children during Military Child Month

Tanja Linton Two and 1/2 year old Avie views the Sierra Vista Farmer’s Market from the arms of her dad, Capt. Jeremy Larson of Company A, 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, at Veterans’ Memorial Park April 3. This month...
 
 

Fort operations will not jeopardize endangered species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army have completed formal consultation regarding the potential effects that Fort Huachuca’s operations will have on threatened and endangered species. In a biological opinion, or BO, signed March 31, the Service concluded that the Army’s ongoing and planned operations are not likely to jeopardize the continued survival...
 
 

ACS addresses autism, volunteers, resiliency

April is Autism Awareness Month One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, a 30 percent increase from one in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released March 27 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April is Autism Awareness Month and is necessary to inform the...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin