Protecting your mobile device
Using a mobile device to conduct financial business has become increasingly popular. Here are some things you can do to help track your finances on-the-go:
Create a strong account password. Your password should contain at least one number and a capitalized letter. Do not use your name, birth date or any other personal information that is easily identifiable in your password. Additionally, it is wise to change your password every month or so.
- Treat your phone like a computer. Download any security patch updates and antivirus software on your phone; this will help you avoid obtaining a virus or some other harmful issue on your phone. Be sure to pay attention to pop-up notices or other alerts that may be warning you about security issues or leaving trusted websites and only download information from trusted sources.
- Secure your phone with a password. Secure your phone and SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card with a password and set your phone to automatically lock when you are not using it. If your phone is ever lost or stolen, this will protect your private and secure information. Furthermore, be sure to log off completely after using a mobile banking site or application.
In addition to the things you should DO to protect your mobile devices, here is a quick list of things to AVOID to keep your information safe and secure:
- Never send your personal information or online banking credentials via email or text.
- Steer clear of entering personal information on websites that do not have the security symbol near the URL.
- Avoid banking or shopping online using an unsecured, public Wi-Fi network.
- Try not to set your phone settings to auto-fill User IDs and password information. While this may be convenient, it may not necessarily be safe with a mobile device that can be lost or stolen.
- Write down your mobile device's make, model, and serial number, and store it in a safe area. It is important to have this information if your phone is stolen, as you will have the information readily available for the police.