Commandments

X. Thou shalt only use the official app store for apps.

Summary: This commandment is more targeted at the mobile device side of technology, but app stores are spreading into the desktop/laptop areas by way of Windows Store for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. From a mobile device perspective, you should only use the official app store for that platform. Most smartphones come with a setting…

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VI. Thou shalt encrypt all data stored on thine mobile devices.

Summary: Your data is valuable to you. Even something as simple as the phone numbers in your phone’s contact app. It’s also valuable to the evil doers. They would dearly love access to your phone with all of the valuable e-mail, SMS, call logs, WhatsApp messages. Everything on your phone will be of some use…

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IV. Thou shalt always backup thy data and regularly check its integrity.

Summary: In conjunction with the first, second and third commandments … are you seeing a pattern here? By following each of these simple commandments, you are providing additional layers of defence against the evil doers. This is what security experts refer to as Defence-in-Depth. The more precautions you take, the more difficult it makes life…

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II – Thou shalt have Anti-virus software installed, updated and active.

Summary: In conjunction with the first commandment, having Anti-Virus software installed, updated and active on your desktop, laptop or mobile device dramatically improves your security posture. This adds another layer of protection in the fight against the bad guys.  Don’t for one second think that just having Anti-Virus on your device will give you enough…

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