Protecting your data

May 16, 2019

Phones, tablets and laptop computers have changed the way we live.

Our mobile devices allow us to do almost anything ‘on the go’ – from online banking and working remotely – to online shopping and ordering the (occasional!) Uber eats delivery.

Have you ever thought about what could happen if someone else had access to the data stored on your mobile device? Your personal information could be used by hackers to access money from your bank accounts or worse, to steal your identity.

You can protect yourself and secure the information on your mobile device by:

  • Ensuring that a PIN, passcode, gesture or fingerprint is required always required to unlock the device;
  • Using your device’s automatic update feature to install application and software updates (including security updates) when they become available;
  • Leaving your Bluetooth off or in ‘undiscoverable’ mode when you are not using it; and
  • Recording the International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) number of your handset. If your device is lost or stolen, this number can be used by your telecommunications provider to prevent the handset from being used.

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