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July 09 2013

Mobile users still not protecting their devices

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 smartphonedisable the Wi-Fi and switch to a cellular network.

 

If you would like to protect your Android phone or tablet, check out AVG AntiVirus for Android, it’s FREE.

July 05 2013

Summer safety tips from the AVG Community

Summer is approaching in lots of spots around the world, which means trips away, days in the park and country walks. With the increased mobility and activity that summer often brings, the opportunities to lose your mobile go up and you can get caught out by nasty roaming charges.

 

We asked our Facebook Community for tips and tricks that they use to stop their cells and tablets getting lost or left behind in the sand, at a restaurant, cafe, bar, park.

 

  • Get yourself a carry case or pouch to put your phone in. Pick one that you can strap or connect onto your belt clip. This way, the phone is always by you and you can’t lose or misplace it
  • Set up a locate phone app on your mobile device and have it connected to your PC. So if you do lose your phone, you can locate it and lock it.
  • If you are staying in a hotel it can be a good idea to leave valuables, including your mobile in the room safe.
  • Be sure to turn roaming and all apps off, because when you go on a holiday outside your own country, you will receive a nice fat phone bill!
  • Try not to use geo-tagging technology such as when taking photos on mobile phones or “checking into” places on Facebook when on holiday so that strangers cannot find out you are away and possibly break into/cause damage to your property.

 

For help keeping your phone secure and your information private, check out AVG AntiVirus for Android.

Summer safety tips from the AVG Community

Summer is approaching in lots of spots around the world, which means trips away, days in the park and country walks. With the increased mobility and activity that summer often brings, the opportunities to lose your mobile go up and you can get caught out by nasty roaming charges.

 

We asked our Facebook Community for tips and tricks that they use to stop their cells and tablets getting lost or left behind in the sand, at a restaurant, cafe, bar, park.

 

  • Get yourself a carry case or pouch to put your phone in. Pick one that you can strap or connect onto your belt clip. This way, the phone is always by you and you can’t lose or misplace it
  • Set up a locate phone app on your mobile device and have it connected to your PC. So if you do lose your phone, you can locate it and lock it.
  • If you are staying in a hotel it can be a good idea to leave valuables, including your mobile in the room safe.
  • Be sure to turn roaming and all apps off, because when you go on a holiday outside your own country, you will receive a nice fat phone bill!
  • Try not to use geo-tagging technology such as when taking photos on mobile phones or “checking into” places on Facebook when on holiday so that strangers cannot find out you are away and possibly break into/cause damage to your property.

 

For help keeping your phone secure and your information private, check out AVG AntiVirus for Android.

May 14 2013

Outnumbered, but not out smarted

My friends, it’s official, based on new market analysis: smartphones have out-shipped feature phones for the first time in history.

This staggering report from industry analyst firm IDC – coupled with NPD Group’s recent discovery that connected devices in the US now outnumber people in the US – either signals an apocalyptic rise of super-machines or civilized human advancement. Or perhaps both.

From AVG’s perspective, the proliferation of smartphones long ago captured the imaginations of hackers across the planet. As more people use these mobile devices to manage finances, families and jobs, they became fertile ground for thieves looking to swipe a few gems. Or the whole jewelry case.  And now that we can use our smartphones to remotely control our cars, kitchens, home security and entertainment systems, it’s easy to see how we all should be concerned about ensuring the utmost security while we use our smartphones and when we replace them.

It also stands to reason, based on IDC’s and NPD’s research, that most of us have discarded a smartphone or two over the years as we upgraded to the latest and greatest. Many of us have drawers at home that function as electronics’ graveyards, holding all the cracked and sullied vestiges of bygone ages. Or perhaps we donated those devices to charities or passed them down to our children or even shipped them off to be recycled. Of those scenarios, when it comes to data that may linger, the drawer is probably the safest of all those places.

I say all of this because in the race to keep up with the times, there come to exist multiple archives of our most personal transactions – from text messages to bill payments. It’s risky enough to have this on a single device, let alone many.

So I encourage us to think very carefully about our individual mobile footprints. Take action to secure all the devices in your own life and your family’s life, even if they’re lodged in cobwebs. And be sure you know how to delete content for good.

For more information on how to accomplish this, check out AVG’s security solutions for iOS®, Android ™and Windows® smartphones. We may be outnumbered, but we don’t have to be outsmarted.

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