Mobile Security And Privacy In 2014: How To Keep Data Safe Released Today by First Class Posting

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While one can’t safeguard ones data on outside networks, we can take steps to mitigate the possibility of a security or privacy breach on ones own mobile devices.

Many smartphone owners dismiss the need for mobile security applications, preferring to view them as more suited for desktop computing. That view is sadly outmoded. A report by network innovation firm Juniper Networks found that mobile malware threats increased at an incredible rate of 614-percent between 2012 and 2013. The report further found that 92-percent of attacks were directed at Android devices. That’s sobering news for any mobile user, but particularly alarming for those who don’t take steps to safeguard their devices.

Mobile devices are now critical information conduits both in the workplace and at home, and sensitive business information or important personal financial data should be zealously protected. Installing effective and comprehensive mobile security software is one of the best ways to accomplish this. But beware: Not all mobile security applications are created equal. Studies have shown many of the free apps on the market offer limited protection — though there are a few free options that score reasonably well. Being lulled into a false sense of protection is little better than no protection at all, so it’s important to invest in a reputable, powerful mobile security app with a full palette of privacy and security functions.

“There are a number of steps savvy mobile users can take to minimize risk,” said technology expert Jason Hope. “The use of effective anti-malware or anti-virus applications, combined with the power of encryption, can provide mobile users with an added layer of protection. But cautious activity on the part of the user is still the best protection.”

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