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The smartphone must be turned off at least once a week: recommendations for protection against cyber attacks

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun3,2024

You need to turn off your smartphone at least once a week: recommendations for protection against cyber attacks

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has warned of growing security threats to mobile devices. Regularly turning off your phone, turning off Bluetooth when you don't need it, and using only reliable accessories – these are just some of the recommendations provided by the special service.

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of our everyday life. However, along with the convenience they provide, these gadgets also open up new opportunities for cybercriminals. As the Zdnet resource reports, in its latest report  "Best Practices for Mobile Devices" The US National Security Agency warns of the growing threat of cyberattacks on mobile devices and provides recommendations for their protection.

According to the NSA, mobile devices are vulnerable to various cyber attacks, including phishing, malware, traffic interception and remote access. Targeted phishing attacks aimed at infecting the device with malicious software are especially dangerous. For protection, the NSA recommends that users turn off and on their smartphones and tablets at least once a week. This will clear the RAM of the device and make it difficult for attackers to collect confidential data.

However, turning off your device does not guarantee 100% protection. Therefore, the NSA also advises:

Install security updates for programs and the operating system in a timely manner. Download apps only from official app stores. Do not click on links or open attachments in messages from unknown senders. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks. Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. Use strong passwords and biometric authentication. Only connect the device to approved accessories and chargers. Turn off location services when they are not needed.

For additional protection, it is also recommended to install specialized programs to scan the device for vulnerabilities and malware, for example Zdnet advises iVerify.

According to NSA experts, threats to the security of mobile devices will only grow. Therefore, users need to take active measures to protect their personal and payment data from hackers, who today have a large arsenal of tools for hacking and phishing mobile devices. Following these recommendations will help to significantly reduce risks and avoid many cyber attacks.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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