How Safe is Your Smartphone

How Safe is Your Smartphone?

Users need to be aware that their mobile devices aren’t as safe as they think. According to a new study released by AVG Technologies, one in four people store their personal and intimate images and videos on their smartphones. In the event that a device is lost or stolen, those items can be accessed and end up being used by someone else or even posted online.

What most users don’t know is that most smartphones are equipped with security features that allow those items to be remotely deleted in the event that their phone has been compromised. Most people also feel that shopping online or checking their bank accounts from their iphone is not safe. But that’s not the case. Smartphones are also equipped with secure site verification that allows users to make sure a website is safe before they enter any personal information. However, most of us aren’t aware of that feature or how to use it.

So, what do you think about your smartphone? Do you keep private videos and images on it, and do you think that’s a good idea? I know I have a lot of pictures on my iphone that I’d hate to lose or have someone to gain access to and delete. I also have a bad habit of never deleting anything from my phone, so maybe I need to start doing that.

Also, how do you feel about checking your bank accounts, paying bills or shopping on a smartphone? I’ve really never thought about the security of websites I visit; I always assumed it was safe, but now I’ll think twice about it. As long as I see the little padlock icon at the bottom of the webpage, I always assumed that meant it’s secure. But do you think that’s enough security, especially in the age of identity theft?

Posted by Lindsay Page on Feb 27, 2013


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