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UScellular provides tips to keep cell phones secure for National Internet Safety Month

June 5, 2024

June marks National Internet Safety Month, an important time for people to assess their online safety as cell phone use has increased in everyday life. With nearly 7 billion smartphone users across the world and mobile devices accounting for nearly 60% of online traffic, fraudsters can take advantage of the public’s reliance on constant connectivity.

According to RSA Security, more than 60% of fraud originated from cell phones and it’s estimated that Americans lost around $39.5 billion to phone scams in 2022 alone.

“Smartphones are an important aspect of everyday life for Americans but so is online safety,” said Thomas White, director of retail sales and operations at UScellular for East Tennessee.“There are many ways for people to safely use their smartphones and mitigate the risk of interacting with dangerous fraudsters. By exercising caution while on your phone, you can protect yourself from an unfortunate situation.”

UScellular offers the following tips to help reduce exposure to mobile security threats.

  • Be wary of public Wi-Fi networks: When consumers use a Wi-Fi network that is open to the public, their phone can be an easy target for cybercriminals. Instead of connecting to public hotspots, try joining a secure network from a trusted network operator or mobile wireless connection to minimize the risk of exposure, especially when personal or sensitive information is accessed. 
  • Support the safety of vulnerable family members: With more children online than ever before, it’s important for parents to know their child is protected. UScellular and Screen Sanity offer a Parent-Child Agreement that helps establish digital boundaries for families as they better understand how to be safe when using technology in their everyday life. Apps such as Bark also can work in tandem to help parents ensure the safety of their children’s online activity.
  • Install apps from trusted sources: Before an app is downloaded, be sure to conduct research to ensure it is legitimate and trustworthy. Some ways to check an app’s legitimacy is by reading reviews and confirming the app store’s origin.
  • Lock it up: The most secure way to lock a smartphone is to use a strong password and biometric authentication process. Android and iOS users can set or change screen lock preferences on their phone to secure their devices.
  • Update your smartphone’s software: Reduce the risk of cyber threats by keeping your operating systems up-to-date. A device’s operating system should be updated regularly by enabling automatic updates or accepting them when prompted from a service provider.
     

About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to help customers stay connected to the things that matter most. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. Through its After School Access Project, the company has donated more than $23 million in hotspots and service to help youth connect to reliable internet. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com.