Mobile Phone Tip – Safer mobile transactions

March 6, 2010

If you use your phone’s browser to pay your bills, access your bank account of other medical or personal accounts and information, make sure you protect your phone with password or PIN (personal identification number) lock or password.

This is important because your phone’s browser may store website access and account information (usernames, passwords) locally. If you keep your phone PIN or password locked, even if you lose your phone or it is stolen, no one will be able to access your browser and through it gain access to your personal or financial information.

When creating PINs or passwords do not use dates, years, ages or other information associated with you, as these are too easy to guess.

Strong account passwords use at least 10 characters, and include capitals, characters and numbers, but they do not have to be hard to remember. To make it easy, use a phrase, incorporate shorthand, or use the website to give you clues:

  • 2BorNot2B? (To be or not to be, that is the question)
  • It’s@MyBank (It is at my bank) – Use what you are looking at as a reminder.
  • Matt6:9-13 (Biblical verse)

Stay safer!