What measures can I take in securing my smart device?

Your smart device is not 'just a phone'. Treat these like your wallet and keep them safe and secure at all times. Here are some tips for securing your smart device:

  • Put a password on your phone and a PIN on your SIM card
  • Set up your device to automatically lock
  • Ensure your member numbers and Internet Banking passwords are never stored on your smart device
  • Encrypt your data - encryption secures your data if your phone is lost or stolen
  • Consider installing security software from a reputable provider
  • Keep an eye on your commonly used websites' addresses and make sure you are not redirected or diverted to other sites
  • Do not click on unsolicited or unexpected links
  • Check your mobile phone bill for unusual data charges or premium call rates
  • Check for updates to your phone's operating system regularly
  • Avoid mobile phone banking or financial transactions in busy public areas and over unsecured Wi-Fi networks
  • Back up your data regularly
  • Consider changing your Internet Banking password if your mobile phone is lost or stolen
  • Ensure all personal information and data is deleted if you discard your mobile phone

For more information visit Australian Cyber Security Centre – an Australian Government initiative.

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