13 Nov 5 Tips To Safeguard Your Smartphone
Imagine seeing your bank account draining to zero right before your eyes, unable to do anything about it.
Unfortunately, while you only imagine this, last year saw many people in the US actually experience this as the password-stealing “Zeus” Trojan virus was discovered by security firm Fortinet. Cyber criminals used a fake banking authentication app (based on legitimate software used to confirm customers and securely log into banks’ online portals) to spread a version of the “Zeus” Trojan Virus to Android devices, which would listen to all incoming SMS messages and forward them to a remote web server where the criminals sifted through the data, selecting information about online banking, using it to drain accounts.
Pretty scary stuff, especially when all a hacker requires is for you to download their malicious app that can easily be disguised as a safe, authentic app for the unaware.
So, whether you have an iPhone, Android device, WP8 device or a Blackberry, keeping your smartphone safe from cyber attacks is becoming more and more important as we start using our phones more for financial transactions and for storing sensitive data.
In fact, according to a survey conducted by F-Secure (a digital security company), 57% of mobile phone users in the survey said their mobile phone contains more important information than their wallet! We access our bank accounts, shop online, trade shares, store important work documents, email and store contacts on our mobile phones and now with NFC technology slowly creeping into mobile phones, they could become our digital wallet.
It makes sense then, that we should be treating our smartphone like our wallets by doing everything in our power to keep it out of access of others. Unfortunately, many smartphone users are unaware of just how easy it is for a hacker to obtain access to the information stored on their smartphone and do not take the necessary steps to secure their data.
To help you increase the level of security on your smartphone, we have come up with 5 critical steps to keep your sensitive personal and financial information safe: