It’s not just bank apps you should consider disabling if you think your account has been compromised, according to a new Axios article.
There are several reasons to do so.
The first and most obvious is to keep your information safe, says Jason Farrar, chief marketing officer at Citibank Mobile, which helps clients manage their mobile apps.
But the second reason is to protect your identity.
If your account was compromised, your credit card or other card data may be at risk, so you should also consider disabling that feature, he says.
“The easiest thing is to not have your mobile device connected to a network at all,” Farrart says.
“If you’re using your bank’s mobile app, that means that there’s a possibility of somebody else being able to intercept your messages or read your emails.
That’s a pretty big deal.”
For those with an iOS device, the process is similar: Go to Settings > General > Security > Account Security.
If you are on a mobile device, tap on “Manage mobile account.”
This will give you options to turn on a firewall, disable encryption, or disable your app’s ability to send messages.
If none of these options are available, you can either turn them on or disable them.
You can also turn off a feature that allows you to see what apps you have installed on your device.
This option is found under General > Privacy > Account Management > Security & Privacy > Privacy settings.
You should also make sure you have the latest version of the app on your phone, and disable the features that you don’t need.
This means you should be able to access your banking accounts without the risk of unauthorized access.
For example, if you have an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy, it might be wise to turn off the “Show My Payments” feature and remove all third-party app notifications.
That means if someone can get your bank accounts or other data, they can use those to open an account with you or others.
“You should be looking at this from a security perspective as opposed to an inconvenience perspective,” Farsar says.
If someone has access to your bank account information, they could be able use that to open fraudulent accounts, send fraudulent messages, or do anything else that could compromise your information.