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Securing Your Mobile Device

As consumer usage of mobile devices continues to climb, cyber criminals are targeting these gadgets more than ever. Farmers & Merchants State Bank uses sophisticated safeguards to protect your customer information, but it's important for you to take certain safety measures, too. The American Bankers Association has compiled 12 steps you can take to protect your mobile phone or tablet.

  • Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen.
  • Log out completely when you finish a mobile banking session. Again, if your device is lost or stolen, thieves won't have easy access to your accounts.

Check back next week for more. Remember, the most important safety feature included with your mobile device ... is YOU.

F&M Security Tip: If you have kids with mobile devices, create a central home charging station in your bedroom. Before the kids go to bed at night, have them put their mobile devices there so they are not tempted to play with them when they should be sleeping.

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