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How to keep your mobile phone secure

Do mobile phones get viruses?

How much of your life is on your mobile? Photographs, physical location, bank details, passwords for just about everything: you can tell a lot from what’s stored on someone’s smartphone.

It’s not surprising that smartphone security has become such a hot topic. Malicious software (malware) that can read your passwords and tap into your accounts has been a fact of life on PCs for years. Mobiles are fast becoming the platform of choice for all things web-based.  You need to take as much care of your phone as you do with your PC.

How to keep your mobile secure

 Why is my mobile at risk?

There are four main threats:

  1. General malware. There’s lots of information on your phone: account log-ins, personal data, addresses – even details of when you plan to go on holiday. Malware is a piece of software that gets into your device to read this info. How does it get there? Well, most often we’re tricked into installing it.
  2. Text Message (SMS) Trojans. These malicious apps send text messages from your phone to premium-rate numbers owned by criminal hackers without your knowledge – potentially leaving you with a huge phone bill.
  3. Fake domains. Very often these sites are designed to look like the “real thing”. You think you’re logging into Google Play or other popular sites when really you’re being tricked into installing malicious apps that lead to sensitive information (including your card details) being stolen.
  4. Theft. If someone physically gets hold of your phone, it may be possible to access all that valuable info without any software (see our separate post on how to prevent theft).

Are Android phones more at risk than others?

It seems so. FBI info released earlier this year suggested that 79 per cent of malware threats in 2012 were linked to Android phones. Android covers nearly 80 per cent of the global market – so it makes a pretty tempting target for criminals. Also, Android is an ‘open’ platform. The upside is that the phone companies who use Android (Samsung, Sony, HTC) can add their own touches to the software. You can buy apps for an Android phone from all over the place – which is also cool. The problem is that some of these apps are going to be a lot less trustworthy than others! It’s not so much the phone that’s the problem; it’s that there’s far more opportunity to download apps that can do harm to your device.

How do I keep my phone safe?

Stay away from dodgy apps

It’s all about using common sense. Apple does a very good job of screening all the Apps on its store (which is why less than one per cent of malware attacks last year involved iPhones). If you’ve got a Windows phone (eg a Nokia Lumia),  the Windows store is also very trustworthy.

Android phone owners are most likely to encounter an issue by downloading apps from outside the Google Store. If you’re looking outside the official Store, check the credentials of what you’re downloading. Check independent star ratings and users’ comments. Take a look at the developer’s website rather than just reading the blog. Does it look like the type of website you can trust?

Be careful of harmful software disguised as legitimate apps

Sometimes you can be ‘tricked’ into downloading certain software. An example of this is an invite to download a “new, improved” version of something that you’ve got already. Make sure you check the source before you download anything. For instance, all legitimate banking communications will be direct from your actual bank – not from a third party. Make sure the domain name is exactly the same as the official website.

Don’t leave settings on when not in use

If you’re not using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or locations services, turn them off. For one thing, this will help conserve battery life. Most importantly, this helps to limit access to your phone by hackers. Bluetooth constantly transmits information on your phone’s location and presence. This can be used by hackers to access your device.

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Do mobile phones get viruses?

How much of your life is on your mobile? Photographs, physical location, bank details, passwords for just about everything: you can tell a lot from what’s stored on someone’s smartphone.

It’s not surprising that smartphone security has


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