Rating: Top Tips from mobile security specialist, McAfee
Today’s London Olympics 2012 themed story comes to you courtesy of McAfee. It says, “As the UK descends into a sporting frenzy this summer, it can be easy to become a little sloppy about keeping your mobile devices safe and secure.” Believe it or not, security specialist McAfee reckons that it has recently identified several mobile scams related to sports which encourage consumers to enter competitions by sharing their personal details. These can take the form of text messages, social network spam or emails offering fake tickets or lottery wins. Hence the company has come up with its Top Five tips on staying save with your mobile device.As McAfee warns, during an exciting event like the Olympics is exactly the time when we need to be more cautious than ever.
GoMobile News won’t be in London for the Olympics ourselves, of course.
Instead we’ll be in the middle of a field somewhere in Wiltshire watching the bands at the WOMAD music festival.
Whoops we just given a way our location. See Tip No # 3 below.
Here we go then …
No # 1 Be wary of phony websites, emails, texts and pop-ads offering ‘too good to be true’ deals on tickets to sporting events. Keep your wits about you.
No # 2 Back-up the data on your smartphone, PDA or tablet. Do this before you leave for a sporting event and consider deleting any personal information that isn’t necessary.
No # 3 Turn off the geo-tagging feature on your smartphone before posting photos on sites like Facebook to avoid your location information falling into the wrong hands. [Crooks will know that it is safe to burgle your house/flat.]
No # 4. Don’t let your apps remember your user names and passwords: Also make sure you don’t store credit card information or passwords on websites. If your smartphone or laptop is lost criminals can easily access these accounts. [GoMobile news thinks this is particularly true of sites like iTunes and Google Play].
No # 5 Use ‘safe search’ technology. For example, [here's company's sneaky product plug] McAfee SiteAdvisor for computers or SiteAdvisor Mobile for Android devices to avoid running into dangerous travel-related searches or websites. These can tell you if a site is safe to click on when it shows up in your search results.