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What You Need To Know About Smartphone Security

September 25, 2013 Information Technology, IADT General 0 Comments

Smartphone SecurityPhotos, private conversations, names of friends, passwords – these are some examples of the personal data you can hand over to a stranger if your smartphone isn’t secure.

Smartphones are convenient, sophisticated, and powerful hand-held computers we take with us everywhere, and their power makes them dangerous. If your smartphone is lost, stolen or hacked, your information is at risk. Are you secure against these threats?

Take a look at the following resources to find out.

The FCC Smartphone Security Checker

After mobile cybersecurity threats increased 367% in 2011, the FCC launched this security checker in late 2012. This tool includes a series of steps for mobile phone users to take to protect their phones from security threats.

To view the steps, take a look at the list for your specific operating system: Android, Apple iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. Highlights include info on the best ways to lock your phone and links to programs you can install to wipe the data off of your phone if it gets lost.

Guidelines for Managing the Security of Mobile Devices in the Enterprise 

This report was published in mid-2013 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the oldest U.S. agencies that measures standards in science and technology. Although this is an in-depth document designed for large businesses and government agencies, it can provide you with a list of best practices for using smartphones in the workplace.  

Mobile Antivirus Apps

Once you learn the basics of personal and business smartphone security, it’s time to take the next step and make sure your phone is secure. An easy way to get started is to download an antivirus app.

Here are a few examples of free antivirus programs: 

AVG

Lookout 

avast! (Android only)

Antivirus apps can help protect your device from online threats, but it’s not the only thing you need to do to keep your phone safe.

Stay up to date on the latest policies and advances in smartphone security to keep your information safe.

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