In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, ABA has released tips for consumers to protect their devices against online threats from hackers. “Mobile usage has grown tremendously in recent years and consumers are using their phones to access and transmit very sensitive information,” said ABA SVP Doug Johnson. “It’s extremely important that consumers avoid doing their banking and shopping on unsecure networks to limit their exposure to online threats.”
ABA encourages consumers to use passcodes and lock functions on their devices; log out completely after finishing a mobile banking session; install virus protection software and download updates regularly; and use caution when clicking on links or downloading new apps, as they could carry malware or other viruses. Consumers should also avoid storing sensitive information on their devices, use caution when browsing in public and report any suspected fraud to their bank immediately.