Consumers regularly rely on mobile devices for everyday activities, making effective device and network security essential to protecting personal information. Despite those needs, a majority of smartphone users are failing to take steps to protect themselves. According to a recent CTIA survey, 85 percent of respondents know their devices are vulnerable to various types of cyber threats, such as viruses, worms and malicious links, yet only a third have actually installed security software.
Wireless security experts are always on the lookout to proactively identify and remediate new vulnerabilities to thwart cyber attacks before they impact consumers. For example, Verizon Wireless experts focus on all devices, not just smartphones. Devices ranging from Network Extenders and tablets, to mobile hotspots and smart accessories are put through rigorous testing before and after being brought to market. The same can be said for security at the network level, where internal and third-party security teams work together to identify and resolve new and existing threats.
Consumers can also take action to improve their mobile security by making sure their mobile devices, including smartphones, tablet and others, are using the most up-to-date software. In addition, smartphone users should employ built-in safeguards and other software to protect their devices. Verizon Mobile Security scans smartphones and tablets for viruses and other malware. This tool also notifies the user if they visit a high-risk site on the Web or if an outside party attempts to access the device’s information.
When it comes to protecting against mobile cybercrime, there’s no such thing as too much security.