More than 20 million Americans will unwrap a new mobile device this holiday season, but most smartphone users admit they don’t know how to protect themselves from mobile security threats. With mobile cyber-attacks increasing every year (threats increase 367% in 2011), it’s important that consumers stay protected against growing risks such as viruses, malicious apps, and mobile device theft.
To help these consumers, the FCC launched the Smartphone Security Checker, an online tool to arm consumers with security steps customized by mobile operating system. To use the tool, a consumer first selects their mobile-OS (Apple, Android, Blackberry, or Windows), and then follows 10 steps and tips to help protect their device. The Smartphone Security Checker features best practices on how to set pins and passwords, where to find security apps, how to enable remote locating and data wiping, and how to backup and secure your data in case your device is lost or stolen. There is also information on how to safely use public Wi-Fi networks and what steps to take if your phone is stolen.
As the amount of sensitive data stored on smartphones increases, it’s important for consumers to treat mobile devices with the same precautions as computers. The FCC, working with the government and the private sector, is committed to furthering the message of the national cyber security awareness campaign across all computing platforms.
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