In this Mobile Device Safety lesson, learn all about mobile device security to keep you and your kids safe online.
Mobile device malware
Many people don't think about getting viruses on their mobile devices, but it's still possible. If your kids have mobile devices or if they occasionally use yours, you should teach them to use the same caution they would use with a computer.
Some companies, such as Norton and Kaspersky, offer antivirus software that can run on a mobile phone, but do your research because they may potentially slow down your phone's functions.
Tips for avoiding malware:
You can teach your kids the following tips to help them avoid malware on their mobile devices:
- Keep your mobile phone updated. Check your phone manufacturer's website for instructions on downloading security updates.
- Be cautious when downloading programs or apps. A program or app could contain malware, so research it before downloading.
- Avoid free offers and free ringtones. An email or instant message that offers software for download, such as a ringtone or security update, may contain malware.
- If something seems suspicious, trust your instincts.