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The New Cybersecurity Threat, Your Cell Phone.

Could your cell phone be the weak link in your cybersecurity? Our cell phones do much more than just make calls these days.

We can now deposit checks, monitor bank account balances, pay bills, transfer money, shop and even hold a mobile wallet–all on our mobile devices. Today, mobile transactions make up 45% of our transactions.1 Mobile purchasing and mobile online account access are quickly becoming the new normal. With this, people now store a great deal of personal information on their phones. Making them the new hot target for cybercriminals.

Fraudsters are opportunists and currently the new trend of opportunity is mobile devices.  While security software is commonly used on laptops and desktops, the majority of today’s mobile devices remain devoid of security protection. This leaves them exposed to a new and growing breed of mobile malware. Malware may result in device or data corruption, data loss, the unavailability of necessary data and more.

What can you do?

Follow these tips to help increase your mobile security and protect yourself against the rising mobile malware trend.

  • Make sure you have security features, such as passcodes and auto-locks, active on your mobile device.
  • Install remote locate, track, lock, wipe, backup and restore software to retrieve, protect or restore a lost or stolen mobile device and the personal data on that device.
  • Turn-off Wi-Fi when you are not using it and avoid public Wi-Fi connections.
  • Use caution when downloading mobile apps and free software. Delete any apps you don’t use regularly to increase your mobile security.
  • Install an on-device personal firewall, anti-spam software or real-time anti-malware technology (or a combination of the three) to help protect your mobile device from a direct attack.

The information voiced in this material is for general information and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

1. ThreatMetrix, “The CyberCrime Behemoth” Webinar