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What is stored on your computer and mobile device?

Most people underestimate the amount of personal details that are stored on mobile devices and computers. These devices retain a lot of information about you which can be used by cybercriminals.

Below is a list that may enlighten you as to the amount and type of data that is stored and provide you with some ways to reduce your exposure.

  • Passwords
    • Web browser auto fill
    • Stored in the device
  • Credit Card details
    • Web browser autofill
    • Downloaded statements
  • Bank Account information
    • Stored details
    • Downloaded statements
  • Contacts
    • Address book and details
  • Personal details
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Contact details
    • Financial details
    • Location
    • Legal information
    • Social security or government info
    • Driver’s License or passport details
  • Social Media
    • Friends
    • Hobbies
    • Interests
    • Political affiliations
    • Dislikes
    • Family photos and details
    • Holidays
    • Work history
    • Job status
    • Projects that you are working on
  • Browser history
    • Recently visited sites
    • Cookies
    • Browser cache
  • Location
    • GPS data
    • Photos of visited places
  • Phone calls and Texts
    • Text log of conversations on your phone
    • Call log of all calls
  • Deleted files
    • What else you have been doing

Ways to reduce your risk

  • Don’t leave your device or computer unlocked
  • Don’t lose your device
  • Use multifactor authentication where possible
  • Use facial recognition or fingerprint to unlock
  • Make passwords long and complex
  • Use a password manager
  • Don’t tell everyone on social media too much about yourself
  • Don’t use “autofill passwords” (don’t let the device remember your password
  • Don’t trust that email message that tries to catch you
    • Is there a link to click?
    • Is there a file to download?
    • Are they asking for personal information?

If you answer yes to any of these, STOP, LOOK carefully at the email and then proceed with caution.

for more infromation or assistance:

information@layer8security.com.au

Phone:1300 706 536

 

 

 

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