With almost half of all adults in the U.S. owning smartphones, theft is a growing concern. We’re not just talking about the theft of perhaps your most favorite and expensive device, but also of your personal data, passwords, and financial information. According to a recent survey conducted on mobile users, 94% of Americans are worried about losing their smartphones, and yet most do very little to protect themselves, and their phones.
Think about the massive amount of content on your phone that you use on a daily basis, and now think about your life without that information at your fingertips.
Even something as unassuming as logging on to the internet can potentially put your smartphone and its content at risk. Take Wi-Fi hotspots, simple software can let just about anyone watch you browse the web and even assume your identity online. With technology ever evolving so are the threats to personal devices.
It’s unfortunate that the lack of security is what makes hotspots so convenient and accessible to all. Take the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for example, British Telecom (BT) is reportedly setting up 500,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around London. This puts potentially millions of devices at risk.
So, how can you stay safe, whether at the Olympics, or at your local coffee shop? Here are some tips:
- Don’t ever leave your phone unsupervised in public.
- Don’t bank or shop online while connected to a Wi-Fi network, and turn off Bluetooth and other types of connections when you don’t use them.
- Invest in a mobile security app like BullGuard Mobile Security 10. It not only allows you to back-up your phone, but also protects you from viruses and spyware. The antitheft component allows you to lock or wipe your device, blocking unauthorized access to your data, and the firewall protects you from hackers and network attacks (a key defense in a hotspot zone).
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