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Cyber Threats to Mobile Phones

Original release date: June 22, 2012 | Last revised: February 06, 2013

Overview

Smartphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) give users mobile access to email, the internet, GPS navigation, and many other applications. However, smartphone security has not kept pace with traditional computer security.

Unfortunately, many smartphone users do not recognize these security shortcomings. Many users fail to enable the security software that comes with their phones, and they believe that surfing the internet on their phones is as safe as or safer than surfing on their computers. Meanwhile, mobile phones are becoming more and more valuable as targets for attack.

Consequences of an attack can be severe, so it is important to take steps to protect your mobile phone from attack. This paper provides advice for choosing a mobile phone with effective security features and using the phone in ways that will protect the security of your information. This paper also provides advice on what to do it your mobile phone is stolen.

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