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Being Mobile: Online Safety and Security

People increasingly connect to the Internet outside of their homes and offices, enjoying technological innovations and the convenience and connectedness it brings. With smartphones and other portable devices giving us the ability to conduct every day activities such as mobile banking, online shopping, teleworking, and social networking, cyber criminals are constantly looking to take advantage of unsecure wireless networks, third party applications, and texting to acquire personal information.

According to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), many of the safety practices that are used to guard home and work computers apply to your portable devices as well. They include:

  • Restricting access to your wireless network, by only allowing authorized users access to your network.
  • Changing any pre-configured default passwords to ones that would be difficult for an outsider to guess.
  • Keeping your anti-virus software updated.
  • Using caution when downloading or clicking on any unknown links.

In addition to the things you can do on your own, DHS works with other federal agencies and branches to help provide the public with information on how to better educate themselves to the threat of cyber criminals:

Protecting yourself through simple steps can prevent you from becoming the victim of a cyber criminal seeking to gain access to your personal information, steal your identity, or read personal e-mails and work documents.

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