US government gives tips for security on smartphones

The US advises smartphone users not to use public Wi-Fi networks. It is also recommended to turn off Bluetooth, NFC, Wifi and GPS when not in use. This can be read in a checklist drawn up by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

CISA indicates that smartphones are an integral part of our lives and an attractive target for cybercriminals. Users can take simple steps to improve the cybersecurity of their smartphones, according to the US government agency.

Removing unnecessary apps, installing updates and using two-step verification are simple steps you can take to better secure your smartphone. With two-step verification, you add an extra layer of protection and make it more difficult for hackers to hack into your account.

CIA also recommends using only trusted chargers. A rogue charger can install malware on your smartphone and thus take control of your device.

Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi and GPS must be turned off when not in use. According to CISA, every connection is a potential attack point.

In addition, CISA advises not to use public Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured and carry risks. A public Wi-Fi network is very easy to hack. A hacker can steal your personal data and use it for identity theft.

CISA has released a checklist for consumers as well as a checklist for organizations. Organizations can use this list to provide employees with secure mobile access to company assets. CISA encourages smartphone users to review and apply the guidelines.

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