Digital security Staying smart on the move

Smartphones are used for virtually everything these days. Here are seven tips on how to stay secure.

Protect your smartphone with a password.

As you can see, we're starting off very simply. This tip may sound obvious, but there are still a lot of people who don't protect their smartphone with a password, fingerprint or facial recognition. If you're one of them, and you leave your mobile lying around or lose it, anybody can access your data.

Don't use your personal security code if a situation appears unusual to you in any way.

A password is like a key that can be copied if it's used in the wrong place. Protect your money, and don't use the same password for everything. Payment apps like UBS TWINT let you pay securely in a large number of online shops in Switzerland. You can protect the data stored in the app using a unique key – your fingerprint.

Only install games and apps from reliable sources.

It really is advisable only to trust the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Adjust your security settings in the programs you use on your smartphone.

In the case of UBS Mobile Banking for example, that means blocking payments for specific countries, setting a monthly transfer limit, or deactivating individual accounts for online payments.

Apps like WhatsApp, iMessage or traditional e-mails should only be used for trivial everyday conversations.

When it comes to sensitive communication, it's best to use e-mail with end-to-end encryption.

Don't trust a cloud service with sensitive data.

Not all cloud services can be classed as secure. Security standards vary according to the provider. Look for a secure digital place to keep your essential personal documents. We recommend UBS Safe.

Be careful with freely accessible WiFi connections.

You'll rapidly leave a trace. Close your UBS Mobile Banking app after using an open WiFi connection.

UBS Security Check

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