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October 1, 2015

It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month! We’ve got a lot for you to learn

By Lookout

October is a great month -- it’s finally cool outside, pumpkin-flavored food is everywhere, and it’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Bet you didn’t know that last one. We’re excited about Cybersecurity Awareness Month because, clearly, security is something we take very seriously. As the world becomes more connected, we believe security needs to be at the forefront of people’s minds as they use mobile devices to live every day life.
During the month of October, you can find a Lookout blog post every week with some great insights into our behaviors on mobile devices and how we can change those behaviors to keep our devices and data safe and private. Here’s what you can expect to learn.
The silly things we do with our passwords
Did you know that people actually “hide” their passwords in their smartphone’s contacts app? Many people don’t realize that what they’re doing is actually quite the opposite of “hiding.” In fact, a large amount of applications, not to mention malware, actually access contacts.
We'll tell you more about the importance of password security and actionable advice on keeping those passwords for your eyes only. Check out our blog here.
The case for not jailbreaking/rooting your device
You may have heard that jailbreaking or rooting your device will let you use your phone internationally, or on other carriers. There are a lot of reasons people may jailbreak their device, but there are also a lot of security concerns people may not realize they’re running into.
We’ll tell you more about jailbreaking/rooting, and why it’s risky. Check out our blog here
The real story behind those software updates
Updating your phone can be annoying. It takes time and it mostly just looks like “bug fixes” and “feature improvements.” But there’s a deeper story to be told here.
We’ll tell you more about what’s really behind those OS updates and why you need to keep up with them. Check out our blog here.
The problem with public Wi-Fi
You’re at the airport when you realize you forgot to download that eBook before you left home. Maybe you’re stuck in line at a coffee shop, low on data, and really want to check Facebook. Connecting to public Wi-Fi might be convenient, but it’s not a safe place.
We’ll explain what a “Man-in-the-Middle” attack is, and how it could affect your personal and corporate data. Check out our blog here.
The ways we accidentally give over our information on mobile
While there are a lot of parallels to the PC, mobile devices offer a different kind of experience when viewing emails, media, and messages. This also means it’s sometimes a little harder to tell when a communication with you is legitimate or not.
We’ll explore phishing attacks on mobile, and how to avoid getting duped. Check out our blog here.
Be sure to follow Lookout on Twitter and Facebook and to check the Lookout blog every week in October for more security tips!

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