Most connected appliances, toys, and devices are supported by a mobile application. Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background or using default permissions you never realized you approved – gathering your personal information without your knowledge while also putting your identity and privacy at risk. Check your app permissions and use the “rule of least privilege” to delete what you don’t need or no longer use. Learn to just say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense. Only download apps from trusted vendors and sources.
To learn more about other ways to protect your privacy, visit National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a website hosted by the National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help improve digital safety.