If you're anything like me, the Cambridge Analytica scandal has got you a bit worried about how your data is transmitted and stored on the various platforms you access. There's no foolproof way to protect your smartphone or tablet from ever being accessed by anyone else, but there are some great tips that can help you stay protected and all they require is a bit of common sense and forethought!

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Promotional Cords and Other Simple Security Ideas

While recent scandals and the ongoing improvement of security options on devices mean that people are gradually becoming more aware of how to keep themselves and their data safe online, there are still some great security ideas that take little effort and go a long way in protecting your most precious device!

  • Public USB Charging Stations are notoriously insecure, though they are tempting when you're travelling and very low on juice. Our advice is to always travel with your own spare promotional phone cable, so you never have to rely on someone else's cord and leave yourself open to unnecessary risk from hacked charge stations. Instead, pack your adapter and phone cable and plug directly into a power source when you can.
  • Another solution to the issue of charging while on the move is to invest in a promotional power bank that you can take with you in a backpack, briefcase, or handbag for safe power access on the move. No need to worry about finding a wall socket to plug into, charge the custom portable battery in advance and it's ready to provide power for you wherever you are.

promotional phone charger black and white phone plugged in for charging

  • Free Wi-fi in public places can be appealing when you're low on phone data, but it's important to exercise caution when connecting. Hackers can create near-identically named networks that look legit, but expose your computer or device to serious hacking risk if you connect to them. Double check you are selecting the real network before tapping "connect"!
  • Like imitation Wi-fi networks, once you're online, it's important to be vigilant about the websites you visit as well. It's quite easy for hackers to create a domain that mimics your favourite website or if your favourite website isn't https secure your data may be accessible to hackers as well. When visit websites do not log in and do not provide any information unless the site is securely connected to your device. The Cubic Promote website, for example, is a secure website and you can be sure you're visiting us because of the "https" and padlock icon on your address bar.
  • And finally, be sure to create a very strong password for use on each of your accounts and devices. It might be easy to remember "password123" or "january1992" but these lazy passwords are very easy for hackers to guess and one of the simplest ways people get their data compromised.

Inspired by: http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/a-day-in-the-life-of-your-stolen-data/news-story/546598afd93dd9a19dd22d79904eb5f0