The regional office of the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to proceed with caution when using mobile devices for banking.

Various financial institutions now offer avenues for smartphones and other devices for mobile banking. The BBB says in a news release that one-third of cellphone users will use mobile banking within the next year. The consumer protection agency says users should be more cognizant than ever of safeguarding personal account information.

To keep safe, the organization offers advice.

* Don’t follow links in unsolicited emails or unfamiliar websites. It could be an attempt to get personal information.

* Avoid public networks when banking.

* Always lock mobile devices and change passcodes frequently.

The regional BBB serves Oregon, Western Washington and Alaska.


— Heidi Hagemeier, The Bulletin