Mobile Safety and Security

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Today, smartphones are likely to contain our most valuable information, like passwords, credit card numbers and more. If criminals steal our mobile devices or access their contents, it could cause serious problems. This video explains best practices to keep your smartphone safe and secure.
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Think about the information that really matters to you. These may be things like photos or videos of your family. It could mean files or contacts. Or credit card numbers or passwords you use for online banking. Today, all these things live on our smartphones and it’s pretty awesome.

The problem is that smartphones are small and easy to lose. They have different security than our computers and have risks that may not be as obvious. Let’s take a look at how we can keep them safe and secure.

Imagine you’re waiting for a bus and you pretend that criminals are near you and want the info on your phone. What can you do?

Well, the first thing is to make it very difficult to get into the phone. You can do that by using a unique passcode or something unique to you like a fingerprint or your face. Then, be sure to set your phone to lock automatically when you’re not using it. And the criminals may be watching. Enter the code so no one can see you do it.  

And if you leave your phone unattended, even for a minute, it could be taken. When it’s not in your hand, put it in a safe place that hides it from view.

Next, remember that the criminals may be able to fool you into giving them access remotely. In public places, don’t connect to unsecured wifi because you may connect to a criminal’s computer instead. The same is true with messages that appear on your phone.

The criminals may send you texts, alerts or even phone calls that try to trick you into downloading a dangerous app or handing over information like passwords, credit card numbers and more. If it looks suspicious, ignore it and don’t click links you don’t recognize.

And you can be proactive. Is your phone’s software up to date? Using old software can leave doors open for the criminals to access your phone.

And remember that if your phone is taken or is infected with a virus, it may become unusable. By backing up your phone consistently, you can recover your data quickly.

Your choices also matter. Do you know the privacy policies of the apps and websites you use? Are you careful about what you share and how it may be used? Being safe with a device means understanding the risks and being careful about what you share.

For example, a photo you share may automatically include location information. To increase your privacy, you can choose to turn off location services completely, or on apps that don’t require it.

By taking a few actions and being aware, you be confident that your information is secure, backed-up and protected from criminals.


What it teaches:

We now depend on smartphones for access to our most sensitive information, so it’s more important than ever to keep them safe and secure. By learning a few simple practices, we can help protect them from being stolen, hacked or compromised by criminals. This video teaches:

  • Why keeping a smartphone safe and secure matters
  • How to use common security settings
  • How to prevent a phone from being stolen
  • How to prevent a phone from being hacked or infected with a virus
  • What you can do to keep your phone from being a target for criminals

Video Info:

  • Duration:  02m 57s
  • Captions Available:  YES
  • Lesson Plan:  YES
  • Category:  Technology, Net Safety
  • ISTE Standard:  Digital Citizen, Indicator 2b
  • ACRL Info Literacy Frame:  Information Has Value

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