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The need for internet security on your mobile

29 May 2017

Cybercriminals are constantly making advancements and finding new ways to compromise us. While they still target computers, hackers are also beginning to attack mobile devices. We are starting to see more threats such as ransomware attacks on smartphones.

As hackers target mobile devices, it’s imperative to ensure that you are aware of the threats that are out there, and that your phone is protected.

Phishing and Identity Theft
Phishing scams are often used to target mobile users, and are linked to identity theft. Phishing is a method of obtaining sensitive information like usernames, passwords, and credit card details for malicious, easons. Scammers will disguise themselves as a trustworthy entity in a form of electronic communication.

Phishing is usually carried out through fake emails or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information through a fake website. These websites often look the same as legitimate ones.

Once scammers have obtained this personal information, they can use it for fraudulent activities under your identity.

Facebook Privacy
It is also important to shield your privacy on Facebook and other social media platforms. Scammers and hackers use Facebook to find personal information about their targets - and you’d be surprised at how easy it is. Ensuring that your Facebook privacy is airtight is important to prevent threats through social media.

Missing Devices
Losing a device can mean the loss of precious data and private information. Preventing this by using tracking software means you can locate a missing device and avoid the stress of losing everything kept on your phone - including credit card information, passwords, and other sensitive information.

Trend Micro Mobile Security
Trend Micro Mobile Security ensures that your mobile device is protected from any threats lurking out there. It guards against phishing and identity theft scams, shields your privacy on Facebook and allows you to locate missing devices.

The new Network Shield feature (iOS only) automatically checks the safety of websites before you visit, and works on any browser. This means that you won’t accidentally stray into any fraudulent or dangerous websites without realising it.

For more information, click here.

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