Just a few years ago, virus protection was an easy, straightforward process: download a program to your computer and it stayed virus-free.
No more. In today’s Internet-connected mobile world, ensuring computer security has become a bit more complicated. Today’s connected family now owns and uses multiple devices – from desktops and notebooks to tablets and smartphones.
All of these devices require protection, but, as mobile devices continue to dominate the market and increasingly render traditional desktops obsolete, a new set of security considerations arise for mobile protection.
The mobile revolution is impacting virtually every industry, from healthcare to financial services to manufacturing. All of this mobile technology, while making life and work easier, represent some enhanced security risks.
While most people understand the importance of using security software for computer virus protection, few have security software installed on their mobile devices.
In fact, a recent survey from Consumer Reports found that only 14% of users have taken the time to secure their smartphones with anti-virus protection.
Many of these new mobile-specific security threats are simply variations of traditional computer-based attacks.
For example, most people are familiar with phishing, where an email sent from an apparently legitimate source—like a financial institution--tries to trick the recipient into revealing personal information.
A new form of this attack now being used on mobile devices is called smishing, according to PC Magazine’s Encyclopedia. In smishing, a text message is sent to a user’s cellphone with some ploy to try to get them to click on a link that can install a Trojan virus or other destructive virus.
Another security issue that can affect both laptops and smartphones is Wi-Fi sniffing—where someone intercepts your Web traffic over a shared Wi-Fi connection. Fortunately, even in the fast-moving arena of mobile technology, many of the old common-sense rules for computer virus protection still apply.
While a good security package will help ward off a wide variety of viruses, malware, and spyware, being a smart and aware consumer is always the best defense.
Use these tips to help avoid virus issues:
For more information on optimizing your device security, check out these additional sources:
With the right combination of awareness and up-to-date security solutions, your family can enjoy a worry-free Internet experience—wherever they go.