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How to make your mobile phone safe from hackers


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While the news about laptop camera covers can make any of us paranoid, the real cyber threat comes from the computer we all carry in our pockets and purses: our mobile phones. I will describe some of the more dangerous cyber threats that can turn your phone into a recording device and launch pad for hackers, and how you can try to prevent these in your daily life.

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How to make your mobile phone safe from hackers

  1. 1. How to make your mobile phone safe from hackers David Strom @dstrom Slides available:
  2. 2. Agenda • Scary things hackers can do with your phone • I have nothing to hide:! • Don’t keep your head in the sand • What things you can do to protect yourself • Balancing privacy and security
  3. 3. Scary things about mobile phone security
  4. 4. USA Today Smishing Video • (link)
  5. 5. “Man-in-the-middle” attack
  6. 6. Mother Horrified to Learn Hackers Put Live Feed of Daughters' Bedroom Online
  7. 7. How to respond to robocalls • Register with DoNotCall.Gov. Use a call- blocking service such as Hiya or Truecaller • Never wire money when requested • Don’t interact with the robocaller: Not even “hello” • Try to call them back
  9. 9. Avira, Avast, ESET, Kaspersky, Sophos
  10. 10. Additional suggestions • Don’t pick some tech that is too difficult to manage • Change one or two habits at a time until you feel comfortable • Eliminate personal info on Facebook et al. (e.g. Jan 1 “birthday”)
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  12. 12. 44 Good luck and stay safe! David Strom (314) 277-7832 Twiiter: @dstrom Slides available: