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Why smartphone owners need to remain cautious about their security

Why smartphone owners need to remain cautious about their security


Mobile devices have become such an integral part of many people's everyday lives that it's easy to assume they are risk-free objects. Unfortunately, smartphones and tablets are at risk of falling victim to certain security threats that don't affect laptops and desktop computers, and cybercriminals are finding new ways to exploit these vulnerabilities. New mobile technology can make life much easier, but may also increase the risk of data or identity theft if smartphone users are not careful.

Here are just a few security concerns that phone owners should remain cautious about.

Smartphone apps can be easy hacking targets
Consumer apps that lack strong security systems offer cybercriminals an easy method of gaining access to phone users' personal information. Even some of today's most popular apps, such as Snapchat, have recently come under fire due to their weak protection of customer information. Android phones are the most frequently targeted by hackers - Cisco's "2014 Annual Security Report" noted that 99 percent of all mobile malware was aimed at these devices last year. Malware developers show no sign of slowing down either. According to a recent McAfee report, mobile malware increased by 33 percent in 2013. 

However, this does not mean that iPhone users are free from worry. A 2013 study released by Symantec found that there were 387 documented vulnerabilities for the iOS platform. Meanwhile, the Android system had only 13. This indicates that each system has its own flaws, and no smartphone owner is free from the risk of data theft.

Cybercriminals have their sights on e-commerce platforms
Smartphones can make online shopping incredibly convenient, as users can browse products from anywhere they have access to a Wi-Fi network. Many customers prefer to shop on their mobile devices for this reason, but it is important for them to be aware that e-commerce sites are not always safe places to enter personal information.

Recent data breaches that affected major retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus showed how data theft can affect companies of all sizes. Mobile users should not assume that an e-commerce site is safe just because it is run by a well-known firm. When entering credit card information online, it is important to check whether the webpage offers encryption protection. 

How can you protect your personal data?
Smartphone owners should use their best judgment when downloading apps. Regardless of what type of phone you use, there are certain to be flaws in its design that could compromise your personal security if the necessary precautions are not taken.

In addition to avoiding unsafe apps, smartphone users can protect their data and identities with a comprehensive security program. ProtectCELL's data protection plan offers security beyond what mobile phone insurance can provide. The program backs up users' contacts, texts and photos, and locates their devices in the event of loss or theft. Additionally, phone owners can wipe any personal information from their devices and recover stolen identities with the help of a resolution specialist.

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