Things Not to be Done With a Mobile Phone
Mobile phones said to be the means of communication have spread their wings all over the world.
As the National Transportation Safety Board wants a nationwide ban on drivers using a cell phone while a vehicle is in motion. The organization says that it’s a major cause of vehicular death, and could be one of the key ways in which people can improve their safety while travelling.
Drive While Talking: Driving and talking on a cell phone is dangerous. As numerous studies have shown speaking on the cell phone while driving can be as dangerous as drink and drive. Quite often, people who talk on the phone while driving will find that they sometimes forget where they are and what they are doing. It’s a serious issue, and it should not be taken lightly.
Losing a Smartphone Without Password Protection: Smartphone owners leave or loose their devices in a public place unknowingly without password-protection on them. Therefore, anyone can walk over the handset, access its software, and start looking through e-mails, browsing history, and more. All Smartphone’s must be password-protected.
With an increasing rate of hacking when there are passwords challenging to them, think of Smartphone with no such securities. It will be a welcome note for those who get it, so it should not be exposed to people waiting for the golden opportunity.
Access Banking Information: Although most banks now allow users to access their accounts from a Smartphone via downloadable applications, it’s not always a good idea. Earlier this year, a survey showed that in many cases, banking applications lack security features through mobile access. It’s best to access banking sites from home. By doing this a person can avoid unnecessary leakage of information.
Download Applications from Unknown Sources: Android handset owners have been into trouble for downloading programs created by unreliable sources. Upon doing so, the applications installed create malware on their devices and all kinds of trouble ensued. Never download applications from unknown sources.
Share Personal Information Over Unsecured Networks: Since Smartphone’s are not running Windows, many people believe that the operating systems on their devices are secure. But that is simply not the case because they can connect to any Wi-Fi network, there is no sign if data transmitted over that connection is secure.
Therefore, its best to never share personal information over unsecured networks; it’s too easy for that data to be stolen and used against users. Sometimes this may reach to an extent of making situations turn worse. In order to safeguard personal information rather than letting it out, people should be aware of its consequences and act accordingly.
Forgo Standard Security Practices Readily Followed on Desktops: If a person was on a Windows PC, they would not click on a dangerous link from a social network and would not browse to unsafe sites. They also would not try to open e-mails from people they do not know. Because mobile operating systems are widely viewed as “secure,” they do just that on Smartphone’s.
They should not because there are many such sites existing on Smartphone’s too. While browsing on a Smartphone the people might get unknown link, at that point of time they should be aware of the remedies to be taken. Clicking on unsafe sites and links end up in problem. Standard security practices are essential to Smartphone’s like desktops.
Access Corporate E-mail From Unsecured Networks: Earlier, it was said that users should not try to share personal information over unsecured networks. But it goes beyond that. Corporate e-mail is accessible from mobile devices nowadays, and in many cases, it includes important enterprise data. Because of that, cybercriminals are always spying on unsecured networks if they can steal that data.
Corporate E-mails that deal with official documents and certain project oriented details will be an easy target for cyber criminals who keep an eye on these unsecured networks. This may lead to cyber crime and information’s fall for them as an easy prey.
Share Location Information When Away From Home: With services like Foursquare and Facebook places becoming quite popular this year, more and more people share their location information from their mobile devices. All too often, they end up telling people when they are not at home. If the wrong person sees that, those folks might come home to a ransacked house.
Location services are great, but they should not be used so often. Sharing location information is making an easy path for the looters and crimes. This is a serious issue that has to be dealt with common knowledge, and should be aware of the worst things that might take place.