Does Your Mobile Device Need Internet Security?

Thursday, August 3, 2017/Categories: Home Internet

Just like desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices are not immune to malware, viruses, and other Internet security threats. If you search the web, shop, check email, download apps, or otherwise engage online using your mobile device, you need to ensure your personal information, important files, frequently visited sites, and the device itself is protected.

Both Android and iOS devices do have varying degrees of built-in security measures, such as data encryption. Overall, iOS devices are less susceptible to hacks than their Android counterparts. This security edge is largely due to Apple’s exclusivity; iOS runs only on iPhones, iPads, and iPods, which contrasts sharply to the numerous manufacturers of phones and tablets that run Android software. Also, Java is the basic programming language of Android devices. Malware creators can write malicious code in Java on standard PCs that are readily accessible around the world. Writing malware code for iOS, on the other hand, requires a Mac.

There’s also the matter of sheer Android volume. Android phones constitute more than 80 percent of the global smartphone market. As a result, hackers seeking to profit from ransomware, and other nefarious exploits, will write programs aimed at the Android OS simply because the magnitude of devices has the potential to provide them with the highest return.

Likewise, it’s significantly more complicated to manage and deliver patches for security holes that work across the varied Android platforms and carriers. Patching is plainly easier to manage and distribute on iOS devices.

What Can You Do?

First and foremost, use common sense. Install software and download apps only from trusted sources, such as Google Play for Android and the App Store for iOS. Avoid downloading apps from lesser known, third-party websites.

Here are a few additional precautions you can take:

  • Steer clear of suspicious websites and emails that contain unexpected or strange-looking links. When in doubt, never click the link.
  • Don’t modify your mobile device unless permitted by the manufacturer. Such “jailbreaking” makes it easier for viruses to infect your device.
  • Encrypt files and data. Some smartphones have built-in encryption.
  • Set a PIN or password on your mobile device and lock it when you’re away. Look for Internet security tools that allow you to remotely locate, lock, or wipe your personal data from the device if it’s lost or stolen.
  • Protect your device with antivirus software.

Consolidated Communications offers Kaspersky Internet Security with Internet service. This will provide you virus and spyware protection, spam control, parental control, and will also provide automatic updates. Depending on the offering, you’ll get three or five licenses that you can activate on any PC, Mac, or mobile device. To download Kaspersky Internet Security or to learn more about our High-Speed Internet security and protection, visit consolidated.com.

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