How can I keep my mobile device safe and secure?
Is your device up to date? Update your apps and your iOS regularly. Each day, or when you are on Wi-Fi, is a good idea. Updates often include security patches that protect your device from the latest viruses and malware.
Use a passcode and a strong password on your devices. How strong is your password?
3. Download savvy
Don’t download every cool app. Check first to see if it's a good app.
4. Connect savvy
Stay off of unencrypted Wi-Fi. That is public internet access. Yes it's free, but it's also open to all.
For more information about staying safe and secure online, visit The Commonwealth Department of Communication's website: Stay Smart Online with Mobile Devices
How can I find good apps?
1. Discover: How do I hear about new and useful apps?
LIST: Regularly scan the list of top 100 free and paid apps on iTunes (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
GOOGLE: Actively search for the best apps using search terms such as “best note taking apps 2015”. Be patient. Read several reviews. Use a variety of search terms, and use filters such as setting the Google search timeframe to just the last year.
APPS: Use apps that identify good apps. Seriously!
UNIVERSITY: your university has its own apps
PEOPLE: Ask people what apps they use personally and at work.
2. Research: How do I know an app is any good?
Once you identify a potential app, you can then evaluate it.
You can do this by:
- reading the reviews on the app stores, and
- searching for recent reviews of that app, e.g. “review Evernote”
3. Evaluate: What kinds of things are you looking for when reviewing an app?
To evaluate an app consider the following questions:
- Does the app work in Australia?
- Is it compatible with your device, the recent operating systems and is it updated frequently?
- Do users love it and not recommend another app instead?
- How much does it cost? Is it worth it to you?
- And most importantly, does it perform the task you need? Don’t waste time on an app that will be a distraction and not serve your purpose.
Actively test the app in a range of ways at different times and decide if you want to use it. Then use it regularly so it becomes part of your workflow.