This decision tree infographic is offered by Trend Labs and shares beneficial security and privacy techniques

QUOTE: While a good start, there’s a few points in the graphic that deserve elaboration. For instance, a blanket statement like “Don’t connect to public hotspots” probably won’t work for most people. Instead, it’s smart to limit your public WiFi use to benign web browsing and avoid activities that might expose valuable information—like online banking. VPN servioces can also shield you from sniffers, for when you really need to get something done on a public network.

The graphic also advises that users not save passwords in apps. However, this can be counter-productive with the sheer number of services that require password authentication. Consider using a password service like LastPass to generate and store high-quality passwords. Also, keep an eye on accounts and act quickly to change passwords if you suspect one has been compromised.

One area where the graphic provides excellent advice is apps and games. We couldn’t agree more with most of these points; especially with the recommendation that users check the app’s authenticity. We’d also stress that Android owners check what permissions the app requests, or even check the app against a reputation service.