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Get tablet savvy – our top tips!

6th March

Access to the internet has never been easier, and today more technologically savvy users want to keep on top of the devices available to them. The latest being the tablet, which allows the average user to do exactly what they would on a laptop or a PC, such as surf the internet, send an email, do some shopping or even some personal banking – all without lugging a large device around.

However, it is fast becoming a fact that owners of tablets forget that they are just as susceptible to cyber attacks as laptops and PCs are. In fact, hackers are aware of this and are pulling every scam under the stars to ensure that owners fall foul of their latest tricks.

Luckily, we’ve come up with a few ideas that should help you stay safe whilst using your tablet device:

  1. Tablet security – First and foremost, make sure you have security protection installed that can at least point out potentially dodgy sites. Once installed, make sure it is regularly updated!
  2. Turn on the tracking mechanism – tablets are a hot commodity, so make sure you don’t leave yours in plain sight. However, many now come with a tracking mechanism built-in. That way, if it ever does get stolen, you’re able to locate it and report to the police
  3. Backup your data on a regular basis – tablets are designed to make our lives easier, which means that we often store a lot of sensitive information on them. Make sure that this is all backed up on a regular basis. On top of that, parents will often share their tablets with their children. If this sounds familiar, that’s all the more reason to ensure that your data is protected. In fact, where possible, make the most of in-built app security…
  4. In-built app-security – some applications require you to enter a password in order to obtain access to certain files. If you have this capability, make sure you use it! Check out our recent blog post on passwords to help make these unique too
  5. Secure connections – where possible, ensure you log on to a secure network – identifiable by the padlock. If you don’t know who the provider is, stay away! This is especially true when you’re out and about and need to use a Wi-Fi connection to search for something using your device
  6. Social networks – only trust what you know. Make sure you don’t click on unknown links, which could potentially transport you to dangerous sites.

These are just a handful of tips and tricks to make your tablet experience a fun one. If there are any others that you know about, tell us – we’d love to hear what you recommend! As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved and the sooner we get tablet owners taking more responsibility for their device, the better we can fight against the bad-guys.

 

BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 at Mobile World Congress 2012

Photo credit: Official BlackBerry Images’ photostream