In today’s society, having an iPhone, a Droid, or any other smartphone is nowhere near as uncommon as it was in previous years. Popular with preteens, college students, and even retirees, smartphones are taking over social media and are beginning to control our lives. All you have to do is look around to realize how mainstream smartphones are today, and due to the huge increase in smartphone usage, along with the amount of personal information on them, smartphones are major targets for security breaches, that many people are unaware of.
Smartphones are becoming more and more popular because they are easy to use and let you have everything you can possibly imagine at your fingertips. Smartphones are commonly used for mobile banking and for checking other online accounts and, although these examples sound like they would be extremely beneficial, are in fact very harmful to your personal security.
Unlike desktop computers, smartphones do not have the advantage of antivirus software, which makes them much more vulnerable to be targeted by hackers. With so much valuable information laying around, it would be stupid for a hacker looking to make money, to completely overlook the smartphone revolution. Everyone’s information is just laying around, waiting to be stolen. If a hacker really wants to, they can easily steal your banking information and any other information that you have accessed on your mobile device, sometimes without the user even knowing.
Steps to make your smartphone safer:
- using a PIN on your phone
- stay away from sketchy wireless networks
- be careful when using Bluetooth
- only use trusted applications
A CNN article about Cyberattacks on smartphones, September 17, 2012 http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/17/technology/smartphone-cyberattack/index.html
8 Steps to make your smartphone safer