5 easy ways to #DefendYourDevice

April 3, 2017

You put a case on your device to guard it from drops, spills and physical damage. It's important to #DefendYourDevice from cyber threats as well, such as malicious software (malware).

Protect your personal information, data and files, and even your money from malware with these five easy steps:

  1. Keep your device up-to-date
    • Install updates to your device's operating system, apps, and antivirus and firewall software, as soon as they become available.
    • Set software and apps to 'auto-update' so you don't miss out on the latest security features
  2. Download with discretion
    • Install apps and download or transfer files only from reputable, trusted sources.
    • Be aware of the legal implications of downloading and file sharing.
  3. Open only what you know
    • Don't open attachments, links, MMS, or SMS messages from unknown sources.
    • Delete suspicious emails and messages.
  4. Be #Wise-Fi
    • Use password protected and trusted Wi-Fi connections.
    • Turn off Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth services when not in use.
  5. Keep your phone number to yourself
    • Don't put your number on social networks or public websites.

The best defense is a strong offense. For more tips on how to #DefendYourDevice from malware visit GetCyberSafe.ca/defend

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