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iAB provides tips to protect your mobile device

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015

iAB Financial Bank, in conjunction with the American Bankers Association (ABA), is taking an active role to help the community by providing safety tips for consumers when using their mobile devices. While these handy gadgets provide convenient access to your email, bank and social media accounts, they can unfortunately also potentially provide the same convenient access for criminals.

iAB and the ABA suggest following these tips to keep you and your information safe:

Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen. Protect your phone from viruses and malicious software, or malware. Do this just like you do for your computer by installing mobile security software. Use caution when downloading apps. Apps can contain malicious software, worms, and viruses. Beware of apps that ask for unnecessary permissions. Avoid storing sensitive information. Passwords or a social security number should never be stored on any mobile device. Be aware of shoulder surfers. The most basic form of information theft is observation. Be aware of your surroundings especially when you’re punching in sensitive information.

Also make sure you wipe your mobile device before you donate, sell or trade it. Use specialized software or use the manufacturer’s recommended technique to be sure your mobile device is wiped clean. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen. Beware of mobile phishing. Avoid opening links and attachments in emails and texts, especially from senders you don’t know. And be wary of (ads not from your security provider) claiming your device is infected. Watch out for public Wi-Fi. Public connections aren’t very secure, so don’t perform banking transactions on a public network. If you need to access your account, try disabling the Wi-Fi and switching to your mobile network. Log out completely when you finish a mobile banking session. Download the updates for your phone and mobile apps. Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.

iAB Financial Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Independent Alliance Banks, Inc., is one of the largest locally-owned community banks in the area and employs approximately 290 people throughout Allen, Huntington, Marshall and Wells counties.