Security

Secure Mobile Devices

Secure Smart Phones

Updated: July 16, 2019
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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Mobile devices and Smartphones has only been around for a couple of years now
They having grown to be very popular and there are more now than we have ever seen before

How can you be sure you are Secure when making purchases on your mobile devices? Mobile devices can often be less secure than computers within your own home network

There is also the real possibility of running into exploits with mobile apps. Security for mobile phones has been growing daily and the need is tremendous

We all should watch how Security trends unfold over the next few years. But in the meantime below are some tips you can use to make sure you are protected when purchasing on your smartphone or tablet PC

Download Apps only from Trustworthy Sites

Visiting a wrong app source can get your device infected. It can push malware and viruses to your smartphone without your permissions and can even display fake download buttons. Also downloading 3rd party applications from other sources outside the App Stores can be risky

When shopping on your phone, we suggest you check out the App Store first and see if you can locate a native app. These are usually more secure and less buggy than mobile websites. Plus you will have access to all the major shopping products and categories

Read App Reviews and Ratings

When at the App Store do not just download the first app you see. There are third-party developers who will create apps to online stores that may not be affiliated with them. This may be rare, but you can see where all the trustworthy applications can be found

On the listing pages for the apps you will notice each application has a rating mark. This can range from half star to five stars. You will also see how many people have voted for the app with or without reviews. The reviews can be more helpful than a star rating because you can actually read their feedback. We suggest checking the app reviews before downloading and or purchasing items through their software

Use Passwords

If your among those that feel uncomfortable setting up passwords to lock their mobile device. Or if you are sometimes forgetful then you may not like this option. But always remember the best protection against somebody gaining access to your Accounts from your device is by using a good and strong Password. When somebody tries to open your iPhone or Android it will always require a pass-code before they can gain entry. This is probably the best security solution especially if you are traveling anywhere with your devices. This will can protect you against somebody snooping over a public Wi-Fi Internet
Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks from the Federal Trade Commission

Accidents happen and people lose their mobile devices all the time. What a dangerous situation if your phone had direct access into your bank accounts, personal information, home addresses and online shopping carts. It may be possible to lock specific applications, but this may prove more complex than useful. Conclusion: Use a Password

Only use a Secure Internet Connection

Whenever you are purchasing or transferring money online, always do this over a Secure connection. Without using SSL your Internet traffic is not encrypted. Most people understand that sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or address data, should be transmitted using a Secure connection only. And that transferring your personal information over a public Internet connection is just a bad idea

Check your Mobile Websites for HTTPS

There will be some situations where you simply must go through the mobile web device. When you can not wait until you have access to a computer then mobile shopping can be a handy device indeed

When you log onto any website Always check for the Secure "HTTPS connection". This will guarantee that any data passed between your device and the server is only shared between those two machines. You can get into a lot of risky business by sending your personal information over the Internet via unsecured HTTP. And check for that padlock icon before doing any shopping or sending your personal information

And in many instances it may be worth waiting until you can get onto a laptop or desktop computer. Many E-commerce websites are created first for computer use and mobile support second. Why not wait and make sure your order is placed securely and correctly

Watch Those Statements and Report Suspicious Activity

If you are ever in doubt about your accounts being compromised taking action. I have changed my passwords many times when I feel it is a good idea. Often times your instincts may be right on without having any reason of why

Also dont forget to log into your banking accounts to make sure there is no suspicious activity. Look for transfers or withdrawals which you did not authorize. It never hurts to be extra cautious when handling your money online

Mobile Apps You May Like

Many of these apps have both Android and iOS support for the majority of smartphone users. Remember to check reviews and see what kind of experiences other users are having

Before you downloading check the developer and see if they are a trustworthy name. You can match the developer’s name with the company name and figure out the relation between them

Wikipedia mobile applications

Outlook for iOS and Android

Apps for Microsoft Windows 10

PayPal

Amazon

eBay

Newegg Mobile

Etsy

Android Apps on Google Play

Hopefully this page offers more than just a few tidbits of knowledge
Security is a topic RSH Web Services is very passionate about
If you have any questions or comments about Security and mobile payments feel free to contact us


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