Mobile threats: the importance of protecting internet-enabled devices
Last updated at 09:29, Wednesday, 06 March 2013
Advertising feature. For the vast majority of us, protecting our laptops and computers with internet security is second nature. There has been plenty of publicity about the threats posed to us when using the internet but the same level of exposure has not been given to mobile device risks.
The important thing to remember about internet security and online threats is that they are not targeted against just one type of device: viruses, malware and phishing scams can be contracted on a number of different gadgets.
Considering the fact that many of us now own internet-enabled mobile phones, a report from Ofcom revealed that over one quarter of mobile owners use their devices to access the internet. These devices often use public networks in order to connect to online services and if adequate protection is not in place this could allow unauthorised individuals to access our personal details.
The fact that mobiles contain highly sensitive information also makes them a great target for those with criminal intentions. With many smartphones constantly connected to internet networks, in order to receive emails or other updates, the threats are ever-present.
How to protect yourself
One of the easiest ways to protect yourself against these threats is to invest in antivirus for mobile phones and other portable devices – such as tablets. These programs are specifically designed to work with the device in question and will offer the best level of protection available.
How do they differ from other security packages?
While you may think that all devices require the same form of internet protection, this is not necessarily the case. Portable devices and computers use different operating systems which mean they are exposed to different types of threats. Portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets may also load slightly different versions of web pages meaning the security they need may differ.
Leading providers of internet security packages recognise these requirements and offer a range of packages designed to offer the best level of protection. Whilst common benefits include parental controls and mobile antivirus programs, which scan for malicious content, you can also opt for packages that filter unwanted calls and text messages whilst optimising battery life.
Many of these security packages will also provide some form of download protection. This will ensure that any content or links which you access are legitimate and unlikely to cause harm.
Considering that apps are one of the biggest areas of development for the mobile industry, this form of protection is highly important: the vast majority of smartphone users download numerous apps in order to enhance the function of their devices. With these apps stemming from a variety of sources it is vital that you have a program which is capable of checking their validity.
Remote wiping and phone tracking services are also common inclusions for these packages. If you opt for remote wiping, in the event of loss or theft, you will be able to prevent others from accessing the data stored on your phone. Phone tracking is also a useful tool as when activated it can greatly improve your chances of recovering a lost device.
First published at 11:09, Thursday, 12 July 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk