Monday, January 6, 2014

Mobile Security

MAKE-IT-SAFE MONDAY

We live in a world where the use of technology is growing almost exponentially. Kids are getting smart phones younger and younger, and almost every college student has their own personal laptop or computer. Phone and internet safety is often overlooked as a safety issue. 

Something that most people don’t realize is that malware and viruses exist even on our smartphones. To quote Simon Hill, a freelance technology writer, “No OS is completely safe, and protection is a requirement across mobile platforms. No matter where you find a critical mass of people, there will always be some bad guys looking for ways to exploit them.” Some malware is hidden inside of downloadable applications, such as free games or free programs. Always make sure that the applications you’re downloading are highly rated by a large group of people, to help protect you from accidently downloading potential malware. One of the best choices you can make to help protect yourself is to download security for your mobile device. It’s a highly recommended choice and I’ll share some of the best security apps for different devices below.

Android devices have been targeted lately for a new wave of malware and viruses, it’s highly recommended to have some sort of software protecting you if you use an android device. Three of the most highly rated mobile security apps for android devices are:

  • AVG Antivirus (Free)
  • Lookout Security & Antivirus (Free)
  • 360 Mobile Security (Free) 

Although Apple does provide high security to it’s iOS run devices, there’s still a risk of malware and viruses on these devices. If you want to cover your bases, three of the most highly rated mobile security apps for iPhone/iPad’s are: 

  • McAfee Global Threat Intelligence Mobile (Free)
  • VirusBarrier
  • Lookout (Free)

Most of these recommended security apps for both iPhone’s and Android devices are free of charge and can help protect you from dangerous malware, spyware, and viruses. People are doing an increasing amount of personal work on their phones, such as business transactions, online banking, etc. There is no reason to leave yourself at risk by not installing a security system on your phone. 

Thank you for your time and attention.  Let’s make it safe this Monday.

Christopher Feigal
Demand Generation Specialist, Lift’n Buddy, a Southworth Company

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