A SECURITY expert is hoping his passion for internet safety will bring him bookstore success.
Rod Cambridge, of Castleton Road, Eastcote, has just published a book called ‘How NOT To Use Your Smartphone’.
The handy guide is filled with advice and tips for people who want to protect their internet-enabled device.
It includes warnings about logging into apparently free wi-fi, as these can be “honey traps” set up by people who will steal your personal details.
Other tips include making sure the device is pin-code protected, has up to-date anti-virus software and being careful about what you download.
It may seem like common sense – and Rod admits that a lot of it is – but he says that doesn’t stop people from getting caught out.
The 44-year-old, who has forged a career in advising on virtual security, says he has seen a lot of people taking unnecessary risks with their device.
He said: “People just think they’ve got a shiny new phone and they can make phone calls and do other things with it.
“But it’s basically a little computer. Between Facebook, e-mails and if you use it to log onto your bank, that’s a lot of information someone could get about you.”
The book is Rod’s second. Last year he published How NOT to Write an App, which describes some of the pitfalls of making your own smartphone programmes.
He was inspired to write it after an app he developed did not take off.
He said: “I thought I could just sit back and wait for the money to come rolling in. But it didn’t. I have probably done better from the book than the app.”
The married father of four is now penning his third book, titled How NOT To Use Social Networks.