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A software “patch” or “fix” is an update designed to correct problems with a software program or an operating system. Software manufacturers usually develop patches to resolve any security issues or flaws that are discovered, and to improve functionality.  

 

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Phones and tablets contain a large amount of personal information. Lost or stolen devices can be used to gather information about you and potentially others. Protect your phone like you would your computer. If your phone can browse the web and check email, you have probably already been targeted by the same malicious attacks and scams that go after your computer. 

 

What are the risks? 

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Your online reputation is the way people perceive you based on what you say or do online. Everything that you post online, and everything that others post about you contributes to your online reputation.  

 

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There are a growing number of location-based apps available for smartphone and other devices, making it easy to show your friends and family where you are and what you’re doing. Smartphones have a built-in feature which uses GPS and cell tower locations to pinpoint your approximate location. This allows you to post your location online through social networking sites or apps and is also used by location-based services such as maps. The location data can also be embedded in photos you take on your smartphone. 

 

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Many airports, hotels and internet cafes around the world provide internet access through public kiosks or computers. This is convenient for those who are unable to have internet access while abroad, but you should also be mindful of the security risks. 

 

What are the risks of using public internet kiosks? 

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Your personal information is valuable and should be kept private. By maintaining your privacy, you are reducing the risk of having your identity stolen by a fraudster. 

 

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