In a recent interview with Mobile Enterprise, a former U.S Navy officer and cyber security expert, Noah T. Leask, has warned that “We are in danger with mobile phones. 100%.”
Leask, who works with the U.S. Central Command and the Department of Homeland Security amongst others, claims that the intangible nature of cyber threats mean that users aren’t defending themselves against them.
“The way we view cyber — and it’s disturbing to some — but cyber is not tangible,” he said. The U.S. military covers sea, air, land and space, for example. The doorstep to cyber, on the other hand, “is on our hips.
“It’s long overdue that these devices require protection”, he said, “specifically with the same kinds of security products that we have on our desktops.”
Security software should block 90% of mobile malware
The good news is that Leask estimates that security software can protect users from around 90% of all mobile malware.
The other 10% he confesses will be too advanced or innovative to be caught by conventional security software.
Here’s where AVG can help and we’ve prepared some security tips that you can use with your mobile right away.
- Banking Apps: If you do use an online banking app, ensure you only use the official app provided by your bank. Download the app from official app stores only and not from unknown sources, that could lead to your device becoming compromised by hackers.
- Emails and SMS messages: Be wary of clicking on links in email or SMS messages. As a rule, do not respond to unsolicited messages on your phone. Remember: your bank will never email you a message that asks you to disclose your personal PIN number or full password.
- Passwords: Ensure you set up a password or PIN properly to protect access to your device.
- Avoid Public Wi-Fi Networks: Tempting as it maybe avoid public WiFi, particularly for making sensitive transactions, such as online banking. Any time before you log into your account, make sure you are not connected to public Wi-Fi. If you are using a smartphone, disable the Wi-Fi and switch to a cellular network.
- AntiVirus: Make sure you have downloaded a decent antivirus program for your smartphone and consider using a reputable brand, such as AVG’s free AntiVirus for Android devices.
If you would like to protect your Android phone or tablet, check out AVG AntiVirus for Android, it’s FREE.