How to protect your smartphone from online threats

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By AdFeatures | Thursday, October 04, 2012, 14:14

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Malware and internet threats are nothing new. For as long as the internet has been a part of everyday life, users have dealt with countless threats to the security of their computer and the information stored within it. The way in which we access the internet is changing and consequently so are the threats, which has created a growing need for specifically tailored Mobile Antivirus software.

As more of us use our smartphones or tablet computers to access the web, those with more sinister motives have recognised this growing trend and now create malicious software to target our handheld devices. Typically these devices have lower defence systems than desktop computers making Smartphone Antivirus software a necessity for keeping your information secure.

Security solutions

Due to these increased risks, anti-virus software for smartphones is now in high demand. This software works with existing databases which collate information on known fraudulent websites to identify and prevent risks wherever possible. Your phone, including all apps, files and media will be scanned to protect your device and prevent dangerous phishing techniques.

In addition to protection from everyday internet threats, smartphone security packages are able to protect your phone in the event of theft or loss. By locking your phone and wiping certain data, this security software can decrease the potential for damage. Some smartphone security software can even work to relocate your phone using GPS tracking.

As with PC or Mac protection software, smartphone software is linked to cloud-based databases which allow the software to keep up to date with threats as they evolve. As smartphone operating systems become more advanced and begin to resemble computers more closely, they are also becoming more vulnerable to threats such as Trojans, as well as those posed by unprotected web surfing.

Unique protection

Smartphone protection and anti-virus software is not only designed to mirror the workings of security systems designed for PCs and Macs; there are also a number of features which are designed specifically for the devices when operating as traditional phones. These include filtering systems for calls and text messages. Numbers can be added to white or black lists manually and individual filters can be set, allowing you to take full control of those who contact you.

In terms of web surfing, protection takes numerous forms. Data stored on your mobile but not necessarily inputted into webpages needs to be hidden from hackers and other infiltrative programmes which seek to obtain this information. Everything from the network you use to connect to the internet to the sites you access from your mobile phone need to be reviewed by security programmes, with a comprehensive security package the only option for smartphone users.

Email protection should not be overlooked either, especially as recent figures revealed that the vast majority of email traffic (70-90%) is classed as spam. A programme which is able to identify these risks without generating false positives (where legitimate messages are incorrectly identified as spam) is therefore vital to any security system. One of the leading security providers on the market is Kaspersky who offer specific mobile or tablet security packages.



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