October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Keeping you safer on the job and at home
Apple, Google, Samsung, Motorola, OnePlus, Huawei, LG and Sony are all releasing new smartphones with better cameras, faster processors and new software this fall....and with higher price tags, of course!
According to IDC, by the end of the year, nearly 500 million phones will be sold worldwide.
If you're buying or selling a phone, here are some steps to protect your personal information, movies, music and other data on the device.
Before parting with your old personal smartphone
Write down the phone’s serial number for your records
Back up everything to your computer, iCloud or Google Drive
On the phone, sign out of Google, iCloud, Facebook, iMessage, App stores
Remove the device from your Google account
Go to myaccount.google.com > Sign-in & Security > Device activity
Unpair a connected Apple Watch
Erase all content on the phone
iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Reset
Android: Go to Settings > Reset > Factory Data Reset
Android: Deactivate “Factory Reset Protection”
Samsung: Remove the phone from your Samsung account
Apple: Remove the device from your Apple ID profile at appleid.apple.com
Samsung, HTC or Huawei phones: Remove the microSD storage card
Remove the phone’s SIM card
Create the longest password possible
Set the device’s screen to lock automatically after a period of time
Set future software updates to install automatically
Turn off “automatic Wi-fi connection”
Enable the “Find my Phone” feature
Turn off Bluetooth and auto pay when not in use
Consider installing security software
Android: options include Avast, BitDefender, McAfee, Sophos, Norton
iOS: options include Avast, McAfee, Lookout, Norton, Trend Micro
Turn on the phone’s default file backup system
Android: Go to Settings > System > Advanced > Backup
iOS: Go to Settings > Your name > Your device > iCloud backup
iPhone: Turn on USB Restricted mode
Go to Settings > Touch ID > USB Accessories
Put your email address or alternate phone number on the phone’s lock screen
Android: Go to Settings > Security & Location > Screen Lock > Lock screen message
iOS: Go to the Health app > Medical ID > Add emergency contact
Setting up your new personal smartphone
and print these steps to protecting your personal information when you buy or sell a smartphone.
Sources: Sophos, Wired, CNET,
Facebook says at least 50 million users’ accounts have been hacked, allowing fraudsters to take over and impersonate the owners of the accounts. While an investigation has just begun, Facebook says it has fixed the problem and is requiring affected users to log back in to their accounts as a solution.
Are you considering freezing your credit accounts to protect yourself from ID fraud? Consumer Reports says, in addition to the three large credit bureaus (TransUnion, Experian, Equifax), you should also freeze your credit at the National Consumer Telecommunications and Utilities Exchange (NCTUE), which handles many cellphone and utility accounts.
In the upcoming edition of Aware Force:
Amazing cyber security facts that will change the way you surf the web.
Cartoon: Tom Cheney/The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank
October 2018 a • Edition #55
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