Securing Our eCity Foundation (SOeC), in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has developed a Public Service Announcement featuring five tips for keeping yourself safe on your mobile device.
In this PSA, airing on San Diego’s NBC 7, FBI Special Agent Darell Foxworth states, “Securing your mobile device is essential to keep your data out of the hands of crooks.”
Agent Foxworth provides the following steps for protecting yourself:
- Lock your device with a passcode.
- When using public WiFi, limit using e-mail, social networking, shopping, and banking, unless you have a secure Virtual Private Network, or VPN.
- Keep your device up to date. When software patches are available, use them.
- Avoid questionable apps, and only download from trusted sources.
- Always back up your data.
(Note: This PSA is sponsored by PRIVATE WiFi.)
In an effort to cultivate a safe cyber environment, Securing Our eCity is dedicated to raising awareness surrounding potential digital security threats. Additionally, the San Diego-based foundation focuses on educating the masses regarding best practices so that citizens are prepared to protect themselves.
Liz Fraumann, Executive Director of SOeC, explains how internet users are unknowingly leaving themselves unprotected in the “vulnerable supply chain.” In addition to partnering with the FBI, local businesses, the YMCA and schools, SOeC produces PSAs to further “drive cybersecurity risks home.”
Fraumann describes that in this current day everyone wants access to everything instantly, but with hackers producing fraudulent sites and networks, the average user is in danger. “Everyone likes something for free, but nothing is free. So when you use free WiFi you must understand the risks occurring underneath the covers.”
Making specific reference to mobile devices, she states, “The VPN solution is absolutely brilliant. I don’t like using public Wifi. I just don’t use it, because there are so many hackers out there.”
Using the business traveler at Starbucks as an example, Fraumann illustrates how dangerous it is for this person to access their personal or professional accounts on public WiFi. “You just don’t know if the person next to you is a hacker,” says Fraumann. “These people need to think about whether it is safe… That is why PRIVATE WiFi is a wonderful product, because it helps mitigates the risks.”