International Mobile Safety Tip Sheet

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International Mobile Safety Tips 

The first step is to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

Keep a Clean Machine

  • Keep software current. Running the most recent versions of your mobile operating system, security software, apps and Web browsers is among the best defenses against malware, viruses and other online threats.

Protect Your Personal Information

  • Secure your device. Use a strong passcode to lock your smartphone or tablet.
  • Secure your accounts. Enable two-step authentication when offered, and change passwords to any accounts you accessed while connected to an unfamiliar network. 
  • Think before you app. Understand what information (i.e., location, your contacts, social networking profiles, etc.) the app would access and share before you download it. Always download apps from trusted sources. 
  • Back it up. Sync your contacts, photos, videos and other mobile device data with another device or cloud service on a weekly basis.

Connect with Care

  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots. When using a public or unsecured wireless connection, avoid using sites and apps that require personal information like log-ins.
  • Disable auto-connect. Automatically connecting to networks can leave you vulnerable to hackers and others. Switch off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Delete any online communications (i.e., texts, emails, social media posts) that look suspicious, even if you think you know the source.  
  • Protect your money. When banking or shopping online, use only trusted apps or websites that begin with https://.

Be a Good Online Citizen

  • The Golden Rule. Be respectful on your device. Treat others as you would like to be treated when texting, calling or using social networks.
  • Share with care. Be a true friend when taking and sharing photos and videos with your smartphone. Get permission from friends before you share them via text or social networks.
  • Be Web wise. Stay informed of the latest updates to your device and apps. Know what to do if something goes wrong. 

Lastly, remember: Safer for me, more secure for all. What you do online has the potential to affect everyone. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.

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