Tips & Tricks for your Smartphone

Avoid malware on your smartphone!

• Do some research before downloading
Before you install an app, do some research on it. Check the reviews on Android Market and the other app stores. Are they positive? If there are no reviews and the app is not brand new, you should get suspicious. Also check to see what acknowledged websites such as PCWorld, ComputerWorld, AppBrain, AppCircus etc. say about it. You can also check who the developers behind the app are. If they do not even have a website, you should probably stay away.

• Check the permission on personal data collect
A good idea is to always check what kind of data your app has access to before you download it. For instance, there is no need for a bar code scanner-app to have permission to look through your contacts or localize you via GPS. If an app is asking for too much unnecessary information you should reconsider the download.

• Don’t use automatic logins
Don’t set an app that has access to your bank account to log in automatically. Set your phone to lock after it has been on for a certain period of time. That will make it more difficult for others to access your data.

• Make sure your phone has an antivirus scanner installed
With antivirus applications you can scan your phone and avoid installing files with known malware and viruses. Most programs allow you to track and lock your phone down remotely if you lose it, and to back up your personal data. All features that our antivirus apps MYAndroidProtection and MYMobileProtection have.

• Watch also out for scams on your phone
Just as it happens on your PC, your phone is also a target for scammers. Fake websites try to trick people into entering personal data and some sites also make you download malware on your phone just by entering it.

• Be aware of fake QR-codes
Look carefully at the link that pops up when you scan a QR-barcode with the camera on your smartphone. If it contains many numbers and symbols and it does not match the ad or text that you scanned, stay away from it.

Tips and Tricks

 

Avoid falling for phishing-emails!

 

• Do not reply on emails or pop-ups asking for personal or financial information.

 

• If you are not sure about the reliance of the email, check up on the contact information. Open a new internet browser session and type in the company´s web address yourself. Don´t click on any links in the email and don’t copy and paste the link from the message, it could be a fake link.

 

• Check that the name in the website from the email is not changed slightly. For instance spelling Microsoft as Microsofts or Mircosoft.

 

• Make sure your antivirus, antispyware and firewall are updated. Antivirus software scans incoming communications for troublesome files and warns you before you download harmful files. A firewall helps make you invisible on the Internet and blocks all communications from unauthorized sources.

 

• If the email contains errors, spelling mistakes or if the text simply does not sound good, stay away!

 

• Check that the sender of the email is the same as the company stated to be behind the email.

 

• Don’t email personal or financial information. Email is not a secure communication method. Normally proper companies as your bank would never ask you to email them your passwords or credit card number.

 

• Review your bank account or credit card statements every week. That gives you time to react on any unauthorized payment or transactions. If you see something suspicious, contact your bank immediately.

 

• Report spam and phishing-emails to FBI via Internet Fraud Complaint Center on www.ifcbi.gov. They collaborate with the authorities worldwide about closing down the phishing-websites and identifying the scammers behind. You can also report it to Anti-Phishing Working Group (an e-commerce-community) on reportphishing@antiphishing.org.