This is not a smart phone this is a pocket computer – think of it that way.

I have a smart phone, and most of the people that I know have one as well.   It is so much more.   If is practically an extension of yourself.    It is about time that we stopped calling it a smart phone.  today’s hand held devices have more computing power in one core that the whole of the NASA space program’s computing power that put Neil on the moon.

That was some achievement, but to the part of the population of the world that use the hand held devices, it is nothing compared to the freedom that today’s phone imparts on its users.   I have noticed, just within my own family, that the moment the phone goes off line, no signal, then the world ends.   It will never be the same again, that is until it comes back.

The underlying personal impact that the loss, damage or manipulation of you phone can have, all users need to get a little more security aware.   Not only in what they do and how they use them but also in making sure that the information contained within the electronics is safe.

I don’t know about you but my phone has my email, my contacts, my Calendar, my music, my podcasts, my photos, it also has a high proportion of my business information including bank account and credit card information.

Because of that I take precautions with it.

  • I make sure that the moment it connects to my wireless at home or the office that it backs up all of my information to the cloud.
  • I make sure that I do not follow links in email no matter who they are from.
  • I make sure that no passwords are saved on the device.
  • I have a pass code or password on the device to access it and after three tries it will be wiped back to all default settings.

I also use the Internet browser sparingly, only going to sites that I know or trust.   If there is a requirement for indepth research then I do that on a normal computer with substantial protections ( I have to go to some unsavoury sites at times).

If you treat your phone like a computer then you have a better chance that it will serve you well as a product of today’s society.   It will be your friend and it will keep you entertained but most of all it will do what you expect of it.

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.

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