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Tips To Protect Your Smartphone From Being Hacked PDF Print E-mail

For years people have been trying to find a way to keep more secure but with the evolution of the internet and technology, it seems like it is also being easier for hackers to get into your information. know what you are saying, no, impossible, how can this be, well if the above is not enough, a hacker can even activate your cell phone camera and watch your every move. If your phone is also equipped with a GPS tracking chip, like most are in the last couple years, then hackers can even track your movements right to your home or business with pinpoint accuracy, just like the police use to track criminals. Are you feeling as safe as you did before you learned about this security hole in all cell phone systems.Though many people will say that it might be easier for hackers to get into your phone, you have to realize that there are plenty of people out there who are smart enough to break through any kind of security but if you are smart enough to do the basics to secure your phone, you will realize that it is so much easier to keep everything protected.

Should I Keep My Phone Locked?

Most phones have a locked feature and this is certainly one of the main reasons as to why most phones have this. You will be able to keep your phone locked and if there is a way to actually put a password, this is a great way to also keep your phone secure. Though some people will just ignore this simple feature, it seems like this is a great way to really keep your phone secure.

How Do People Hack My Phone?

When people go through the internet on their smartphone, they are vulnerable to so many people that it seems like most people do not know how open they are to hackers. This is the main reason why so many people become victims of identity theft as it is so easy for hackers to hack into a phone when the user is using an open wireless internet server.

What Do I Do If Lose My Phone?

If you ever lose your phone, you should make sure that you call your service provider to let them know that you have lost your phone and to cut your line. If you believe your phone was lost, it is also a good idea to report it to the police and hopefully you will be able to find it. If you are lucky enough, you would have downloaded an application that will allow you to know where your phone is in the event that it got stolen.

How Do I Prevent My Phone From Getting Stolen Or Hacked?

The best way to really prevent your phone from getting stolen or hacked is by being more aware. Keep your mind cautious about the websites that you visit and places that you go to. Be sure that you never take your eyes or hands off of your phone as it is very easy to be able to lose your phone when you are being careless. Avoid ever releasing any personal information as this is sure way for you to get your identity stolen.

When it comes to the internet on your smartphone, you have to realize that people are becoming smarter and technology is becoming more advanced and so you have to be more aware. Being hacked is simply just one mistake and you are just one website or email away from being hacked. Be cautious and you will surely be able to keep your phone more protected.

Attach Cell Phone To Your Facebook Account .This is one of the most important feature to protect your account to being hacked, let suppose an attacker stole your ID and password of Facebook, than the attacker try to log in from your account from an unknown computer, Facebook block this log in even if the password and ID is correct, Facebook block this log in because of an unknown computer try to log in your account than Facebook will send a message into your number to verify this log in.

A Strong Password Is Your Best Friend. Your best friend would always protect you and never let you down. The same should be said of your passwords. Let's create a good password. Change your passwords every 3 months. Don't write the passwords down anywhere. If you are afraid you will forget them, scribble a hint that only you could decipher, and keep it in a safe place. Think of a word that is easy for you to remember, but is not closely tied to you personally. Passwords are the gateway to your money, credit cards, and personal information. Strong passwords, like best friends, keep your secrets secure. Utilize these tips to make sure you will not become just another identity theft statistic.

 
Mobile Phone Virus - Symptoms PDF Print E-mail

Viruses can be disguised through sms or an email attachment as an enticing image, audio or video files or even a greeting card through the Bluetooth. This means that unless you are expecting an email attachment or you know the source of one, do not open any from an unknown source.

Smartphone Virus? Is it really possible? Yes, it is. Think of your Smartphone in the same terms as you think of your computer. If your Smartphone has the Internet on it and can browse the web and open email attachments and sync with your Outlook and on and on, it really isn't much different is it? While it is not often 'publicized' it is definitely more on the rise as more everyday consumers are starting to migrate into the smartphone marketplace.

These are some common signs of assault by a virus although soft or hardware problems may present some of these symptoms.

Your Smartphone may go into re-starting frequently. Your Smartphone may operate slower than usual. Your Smartphone may stop obeying commands or locks up often. You may not be able to access some applications in your Smartphone. Some applications on your Smartphone may refuse to work properly. Unusual error messages may occur often and menus may appear unclear. Icons which you did not put may crop up and recently opened attachments may have dual extensions. Installed antivirus is likely to be disabled or the program may not start. New antivirus cannot be installed and even if it is installed, it will refuse to work until the Smartphone is debugged. Battery depletion rate is likely to increase because the virus through its malicious operations will over labor the battery.

Without activating or unknowing, Bluetooth connectivity is active. This makes cell phone send viruses’ files to another one that its Bluetooth connection is active or detected. Besides Bluetooth, cell phone will send MMS randomly to number list in Smartphone. If this is not detected early, so your pulse will waste useless. On several cell phone uses Symbian OS, there is several ways to see whether Smartphone is viruses or not. Press menu button in Nokia Smartphone using Symbian, if displaying an active application, named Cabir or Cabire, it means your cell phone is viruses. Battery is not normal, if previously on standby condition can last 2-3 days, but if viruses only last for stand by for only one hour. You can’t boot the Smartphone at all. Smartphone Frequently restarts itself. Several files are damaged. Application in Smartphone is malfunction

Way of prevention is

Do not install pirated software on your Smartphone. Only install software from reliable resources. Do not accept any messages sent over blue tooth from somebody you don’t know or if you are not expecting to receive one .Provide training to personnel using mobile phones / PDAs. People cannot be held accountable to secure their information if they haven't been told how. Patch management for software on mobile devices should not be overlooked. This can often be simplified by integrating patching with syncing, or patch management with the centralized inventory database.

The antivirus software can easily detect and remove all the current Symbian malware and can also detect if infected files are trying to be installed and stop them. But at the end of the day if you use your common sense and follow the rules you will have nothing to worry about at all.

Smartphones, PDAs, and laptops are increasingly being used in much the same way as desktop computers, putting these devices at risk of the onslaught of threats that has been seen in recent years on PCs. Mobile phone virus though still not as widespread as computer viruses can still be a nuisance and lead to monetary loss or identity theft. Taking some basic precautions as described above could effectively combat cell phone virus and mobile viruses.

My advice is that once your phone shows any of these signs; take the phone to a certified technician or your service provider. If you take action early enough, the damage may not be much. At the end of the exercise, you should have updated version of the necessary antivirus software installed on your phone. You must guard your phone against viruses and spy wares.

Before virus spreading to all application in cell phone or another one, recognize first the sign that cell phone infected by virus. You should know earlier, will make data, pulse or cell phone be saved.

 
Cell Phone Attacks PDF Print E-mail

There are both simple and sophisticated ways to protect cell phones from attackers in the U.S. Since phones with Bluetooth connections and data capabilities are the main targets of malware, it is generally the Smartphone that must be secured against vulnerabilities. Cell-phone threats are primarily spread in three ways, Internet downloads, Bluetooth wireless connections, and multimedia messaging service (MMS).

Many protections are built into devices, such as allowing users to set a strong, five-digit PIN code for Bluetooth devices so that access is harder to crack, and most digital phones have encryption capabilities, which reduce the chance of someone latching onto a conversation. Mobile anti-virus software is also becoming more available, which is used for various device platforms.

Cell phone use varies around the world. In Japan, cell phones are used for financial transactions similar to a credit/debit card. Other uses include watching live TV, gaming, picture enhancement, and GPS navigation. On average, Japan is approximately five years ahead of the U.S. in regards to cell phone technology.

With the advanced use of cell phones in Japan, security capabilities are advanced as well. For example, NTT DoCoMo's P903i includes security features such as face recognition and password protection in order to make financial transactions. Another protection has the owner of a cell phone keep a security chip in their pocket or purse, and anytime the cell phone is out of range, it will lock and prevent usage. These methods, plus the protections mentioned for the U.S. above, can provide greater security, however, the risk of using the Internet and data being hacked during transmission is still high. Additional protection by cell phone service providers and manufacturers need continuous improvement because the wireless technology, and threats against it, is here to stay.

Cell-phone viruses downloaded from the Internet spread the same way as a computer virus. Infected files are downloaded using the phone's Internet connection, or downloaded to a computer and then synchronized or transferred to the phone. In order to protect a cell-phone from this type of exploit the user should verify the authenticity of downloads to make sure they are from trusted sources. In addition, users should consider using mobile antivirus software and synchronize files selectively since frequent synchronizing gives the maximum opportunity for transferring infected files.

Bluetooth wireless connection threats occur when a user receives a virus via Bluetooth while the phone is in discoverable mode, thus the user should turn off Bluetooth and discoverable mode until it is needed. In order for a virus to spread via an MMS message it must be included as an attachment. In order to stop a virus propagated in this manner, the user should not open unexpected attachments.

Users should be vigilant in keeping their software current by regularly checking for new versions of operating system and applications. In addition, they must exercise caution towards suspicious attachments, downloads, and activity.

Multiple levels of defense create the most effective protection. The first layer should secure the cellular infrastructure, including transmission towers and the mobile telecommunications switching office. The second level of protection resides with phone manufacturers and software developers. The third level of protection is the end user's responsibility.

A simple step end users can take is to monitor their battery usage, since one telltale sign of active malware is a quickly drained battery. Also, users should lock their keypad when not in use to prevent unauthorized access and change passwords frequently.

 
Things You Must Know About Smartphones Security PDF Print E-mail

Most of us today own a smartphone and it has become more of a necessity than a luxury these days.Each day, almost all mobile phone companies are coming up with a new smartphone. People are lapping up each and every smartphone without knowing what to expect from such a phone.

Well, here are some things you must know about a smartphone.

"Smartphones" basically it is any phone with advanced technology. These technologies or capabilities include internet access, email, applications, games and other things that you can do with a personal computer.

Internet is the key

While it's usual for smartphones to come in several sizes, the internet is always the key. A smartphone sans internet is akin to a hamburger without the ham. As of now, over a quarter of the smartphone users rarely access internet from anywhere else other than their smartphone. Experts have projected that by the end of 2013, the smartphone would be the primary device to be used by people for accessing the internet and it will overtake the laptop and the personal computer in this regard. If your smartphone lacks internet, contemplate buying a new one.

Power is precious

Even if you make only a few calls from your phone, several cheap smartphones run low on battery beyond 24 hours. While the features of a phone usually attract the most attention, the capacity of the battery isn't given much importance. More and more smartphone users are carrying their battery chargers with them even while going to work. Playing games or watching videos would drain the battery quickly. Avoid these if you want far more important things to do with your smartphone.

Call quality depends on the design

You would be certainly amused if you saw a photo of an early mobile phone with a giant antenna protruding from the back. Even cheap smartphones, these days, have eliminated the necessity of an antenna which is comprised within the device itself. However, several ergonomically designed phones often fall short in their call quality because of the aesthetics that short-changes the function of the antenna.

Most applications get boring fast

Depending upon the operating system of your smartphone, there could be hundreds of applications available over the internet. In fact, an average cheap smartphone user normally downloads 4-5 new applications each month. Studies have revealed that a majority of these applications, a whopping 91 per cent, are used less than 10 times and are mostly forgotten. Be selective about the applications you download and delete those that you use rarely. This would save space as well as battery life.

Privacy is thin

The worst part of a smartphone is that very little information contained in its memory is actually kept private. Though the policies of the service providers and the internet often differ, most of them comprise a provision for accessing the information of their users from any corner of the world.

There are viruses for smartphones

Though their numbers could be many times less than that of a personal computer, smartphone viruses do exist. However, the vast number of smartphone viruses usually attack modified or jail-broken handsets. Nevertheless, virus attacks on regular and cheap smartphones are increasing in number.

With the number of smartphone users increasing and applications becoming more and more popular, the number of those falling prey to mobile hackers is also on the rise. And this is one issue which is overlooked by most smartphone users.

Many people still find it hard to believe the power that a smartphone commands. Most smartphone handsets are more powerful when compared to desktops. Because of this, it appears impossible that a similar set of vulnerabilities that computers face almost everyday, would pose as a threat to the mobile phone.

Smartphone users usually indulge in increased internet activity and it's quite possible for them to click on a malicious link which captures valuable personal details like the username and password of an online baking account. While the link itself may look innocuous, the harm has already been done and information has already passed on to the hacker.

Always check your smartphone for ensuring that there's no suspicious activity. Smartphones pose different set of security challenges as they store lots of personal, confidential and sensitive data and remain continuously connected to the cloud. Data encryption is available in its very raw forms in soft targets for cyber attacks. This puts the responsibility on users to make the security of their smartphones a high priority.

How to secure our smartphones?

Have a password for your phone. Your smartphone comes with built in security features but a lot of us don't enable them. Make sure you have those features enabled. Download some security apps on your phone. Be careful with the apps that you download on your phone. For people who work in companies, the firm usually provides you with a cell phone to communicate with the internal and external co-workers and clients. The reason firms do that is because these phones are very well encrypted. The information that you communicate is secure and you need not worry about information theft. Be careful that you don't use your personal phone to share confidential information about your work because then there is a chance that the information might be accessed by an attacker if your phone lacks security features.

 
Smartphone Antivirus Just Got Real PDF Print E-mail

Finding the best antivirus solutions for all your computing devices just got a little more important. Malware developers have finally cracked into the official Google Android Market for smartphones using code disguised as some familiar free downloadable applications.

The DroidDream, as it is now known, is designed to steal user information and 50,000 smartphone headsets were reported affected in this first wave of smartphone malware during March 2011.

Tech journos have been warning us this day would come and here it is. According to a new study out of the UK and Europe, smartphone users are generally lackadaisical about security on their smartphone. Most don't even register the fact that these smartphones are actually mobile computer networks that happen to make phone calls.

I'm sure about 50,000 users out there are now hyper-aware of the need to protect your smartphone and all the information contained therein. The report of the report by PCMag stated:

"The survey by security company Kaspersky asked 1,600 smartphone owners in the U.K., France, Italy, and Spain found that only 27 percent were "highly concerned" by the risks, with the rest either unconcerned or unaware of any danger.

This was despite the fact that a third store sensitive data such as PIN numbers, passwords and user names on their phones with about the same percentage using it for online bank access. Few users bother to set a password for smartphone access."

Password Protection
So yeah, the first thing you need to do is password-protect your Android smartphone. On my Samsung Galaxy S, I use the drawer menu to access "Location and security" menu. Here, I have the option of pattern lock, I can set a credential storage password (rarely needed, though) and I can opt to lock my SIM card using a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Setting a PIN for your phone is the strongest level on the frontline, followed by password, then pattern lock. I understand, though, that pattern lock users must vigilantly clean their screens to avoid hackers picking up on a pattern trail and being able to breach that way.

Low Screen Timeout Setting
Another level of protection can also be found by lowering the screen timeout on your phone. Experts seem to agree that one minute or fewer is just about the safest interval to set. This will prevent someone shady being able to pick your phone up and use it as well as initiate the password, PIN and/or pattern protections as soon as you are not actively using the phone.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Guidelines
The next thing to think about is Wi-Fi connectivity and settings. The best protection from being ambushed as you unwittingly pass through the active network of someone looking to steal personal information is to completely disable Wi-Fi capability whenever you leave home.

Turn off Bluetooth capabilities at all times until you need to use it for a planned data transfer. When your smartphone is beaming out a Bluetooth signal in the clear, it becomes vulnerable to attack.

Protect System-level Access
Do not "root" your phone. This is hacker speak for removing manufacturer safety protocols that allow you to more easily and quickly download and install custom apps. However, this also means that program trying to hack your phone also has root access and this is disastrous.

I mean, it's a tempting level of customization and even earns bragging rights among the nerdistocracy, but if you are serious about protecting the highly personal identifying information on your phone leave the root protections in place.

Smartphone Antivirus Scanner and Android Market Safety
Now that you're aware of how your smartphone can defend itself through password protection and vigilant wireless connectivity, here are some ways to recognize potentially dangerous situations within the application download market.

Get yourself an antivirus scanner - Lookout is a popular and able free application, but there are several others that will also do the job. You can use something like Lookout to scan potential downloads to ensure you don't pick up something vile.

So far, the official Google Android Market's famously open platform had remained secure from destructive and criminal malware. Before DroidDream, the only tip about shopping for apps was, stick with downloads from the official Android Market: problem solved.

But now we know it is vulnerable and need to learn to recognize what a disguised virus might look like. If that fails and you do end up with a virus in the download queue, hopefully your antivirus scanner would catch it at that point and not allow it access.

Permissions are perhaps the most important thing you can look for and understand before downloading an app. This is a screen that most users might quickly click through in anticipation of using the new app, but this is a most revealing moment before download. Study what access the app is requesting to your phone and if it doesn't make sense to you, don't initiate download.

In third-party app markets, the dead giveaway that an app contains something unsavory is when it is labeled "repackaged" or the name is slightly different from the official app name. Whenever you see a repackaged app, just move on by. Download only the official version with the correct name of the app you're seeking. Android Package file (.APK file types) should also be avoided.

Other best practices include performing a spot of research before initiating the download, whether it's on the official market or no. Get thee hence to the internet and search for app reviews. You can't always trust the app reviews on the app itself. It won't take long to determine the veracity of the potential download this way.

All of the above should be taken into consideration in order to safeguard your digital information. Awareness goes a long way into implementing the best antivirus protections.

 
Ways to Stop Hackers PDF Print E-mail

1. The Newest Target: Your Mobile Devices

Whether you have an iPhone, Blackberry, Android, or any other internet connected phone, your device is just a miniature computer. And exactly as you protect your vehicle with locks, you should also always "lock" your smartphone by setting up a password. At first, it may feel inconvenient to constantly enter your PIN before accessing your phone applications; however, your phone contains enough personal information to seriously compromise your identity in the event your phone is lost or stolen. Without a security PIN or password, your emails, your saved passwords and your network access is easily accessed by anyone who finds your phone. In fact, many scammers buy stolen phones because it is so easy to request a password reset on your web email or even on your bank account. Consider the financial impact and hassle that would create for you, your company, or even worse, your customers! Put a password on your smartphone and use it consistently to protect your information.

2. Passwords: A Str0ng Pa$$w0rd is Essential

Effective passwords are critical to keeping your data safe. This cannot be emphasized enough! You may have different passwords for your email and your desktop/laptop or they may be the same. Whatever you choose, it is imperative that you do NOT use your username as the password. You must also avoid using any words in the dictionary, something obvious like your company name, your pet's or children's names, or any password less than 8 characters long. You should incorporate numbers, capital letters, and symbols (if symbols are supported in your environment) in the password as well. Without a $tr0ng password, hackers can easily gain access to your email account, steal your information, and then send malicious emails to everyone on your contact list. Don't be the one who infects everyone else because "password" was your password.

3. Thumb/Flash Drives: Beware of Strangers

What if you are leaving your office or walking through a parking lot and you find a flash drive? Should you plug it into your computer to browse the contents to try finding the rightful owner? Probably not. Once you plug the little memory unit into your USB port, you risk silently installing a Trojan that will give hackers direct access to your network. Even worse, a program that hides in the background can capture every keystroke, take screenshots of what's on your monitor, turn on your webcam to watch you, and even turn on your microphone to listen to your conversations. If you really want to view the contents of the thumb drive, plug it into a computer not connected to the internet, perhaps an old one you don't use and haven't yet recycled. Just remember, even if your computer is not connected to a network, a virus on the flash drive can still destroy all your data. Use your antivirus software to scan the drive for viruses if you have that feature.

4. Wireless Networks: War Driving is NOT Dead

If you have notebook computers and smartphones that connect to the web, you're using a wireless network -another favorite entry point for hackers. Consumer models of wireless network devices are so easy to setup that you just go to the store and buy what's on sale. By following the simple diagram, you have all the connections made within minutes. The result: Instant wireless internet! Hooray! It's working! "I can get out to the Internet and everyone is happy!" Yes, everyone, especially hackers, are thrilled. Why? Because there are devices that hackers use to lock onto "unsecured networks" that don't have a password. When wireless technology first emerged, hacking wireless networks was called "war driving". Now hackers can sit in their homes or public places and use "unsecured networks" to gain full access to your network and shared files as if they were sitting at a desk in your office. Other times, hackers use unsecured wireless networks to engage in illegal, credit card fraud that can be traced back to your location. Moral of the story: Secure your wireless network. If you don't know how to do this correctly, ask a professional.

5. Phishing: They're Not Using a Rod and Reel

Phishing scams normally originate from an email that looks like it was sent by a legitimate company such as a bank, credit card, email provider, etc. The phishing email is generally worded to request an "account information update" and provides a link to an official looking but malicious website. Because these websites are so effectively copied off the legitimate website being spoofing (imitating), it may be difficult to tell the difference between the official website and the phishing site. Once at the illegitimate website, sensitive account information, such as your account numbers, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc. will be captured as users try to "update" their information. Many times, users will get an error that their information was not correct so that they retype the information again-to ensure the scammers have all the information they need! We cannot express how important it is that you have a good system for NOT opening these official looking "phishing" emails.

6. Compromising Friends: Compromised Email Accounts

In addition to never opening emails from people you don't know, you must be careful with emails that appear to be sent from your friend's account. If you receive a message from someone on your contact list but the subject line is blank, strange, or ambiguous, do NOT open the message. Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail have all had user accounts hacked and countless unsuspecting recipients opened virus containing emails from someone in their contact list. The result ranged from the recipient's own email accounts being compromised to getting a nasty virus that sent out more emails to the rest of the contact list. Rule of thumb: If you're not sure your friend or associate sent you a particular email, you can always ask them on the phone or send them a separate message to inquire about the subject line. It is better to delay opening that message and error on the side of caution than it is to be a victim of your friend's compromised email account.

7. Safe Surfing: Just a Few More Reminders

You should avoid clicking on links in emails. The link may appear that it is going to your favorite website; however, the code behind the link can redirect you to the wrong site that looks identical to the official site. NEVER click links in emails to reset passwords unless you have just requested a password reset less than 5 minutes prior. If you receive an email with a link telling you that you must change your password for any account, delete it immediately and contact the company directly. Finally, never give out personal information unless you know 100% that you are on the correct website. You should always type the official URL into the browser address bar or bookmark/add the official site to your favorites.

 
Mobile Security Essentials PDF Print E-mail

The smartphone continues to revolutionize the business world as new and innovative phones flood the market and slick apps make it easier to do business around the clock, from anywhere. From a profitability and productivity standpoint, the business enhancing affects are unquestionable. But with this rapid progression in smartphone technology come new security challenges that not only CIOs and IT staff need to think about, but also small business owners and managers. Smartphones can be open portals to sensitive personal information and your corporate network to which they link, making it absolutely crucial to understand the security risks and how to maintain the integrity of your data. Peter DiCostanzo, a preeminent mobile phone and iPhone consultant, adds that "Like laptops, smartphones are an extension of your corporation's network not only containing sensitive or confidential data, but through VPN capabilities it can allow direct connectivity to the heart of your company's business. It is imperative for the network administrator to view smartphones the same as employee laptops, and to apply the same (if not greater) precautions and access levels restricting access to the corporate network."

There's no doubt about it - mobile devices have become man's new best friend. If you don't believe it, consider that there are currently over 4 billion mobile phones in use worldwide among 7 billion people, not to mention millions of tablets. People use their devices to stay in touch, take pictures, shop, bank, listen to music, and socialize. Additionally, they store personal and professional information on them, and because they use them for almost everything, they have both a high financial and emotional value.

Losing your smartphone or tablet, or the information on it, can be a hassle. If you lose your mobile device, you not only have to replace it, but you could also lose the sensitive information you had stored on it, including account numbers and confidential work information. So, why do so many of people leave their mobile devices unprotected?

Though most people do recognise the need to protect their computers from a myriad of digital threats, many don't realize that they face the same threats, as well as a host of new ones, with mobile devices. In fact, most mobile users don't even know that there is security software for mobile phones, even though it has become increasingly essential.

For one thing, the growing popularity of mobile devices has led cybercriminals to see them as a new avenue for attack. Mobile malware has grown significantly in recent years, becoming ever-more sophisticated and dangerous as it spreads. Furthermore, cybercriminals are not just designing malware for mobile, they are also taking advantage of the way you use these devices to trick you into opening risky emails and web pages, or accidentally downloading a malicious file.

So, as a mobile user, keep in mind that you need to learn how to how to protect yourself from a variety of threats. Some of the essentials for your mobile protection include: locking your device with a PIN number password that only you know, only installing applications from trusted sources, backing up your data, keeping your mobile software updated, remembering to log out of bank and shopping sites and making good use of Antivirus software.

It's also important to avoid sending personal information such as bank details or passwords via email, as such valuable information can be easily hacked by cybercriminals. It's also a good idea to turn off Wi-Fi, location services and Bluetooth when you are not using them. This will limit the chances of your important information being leaked in a shared digital environment.

In closing, if you already have one or plan to deploy a business smartphone to your workforce, give some serious thought to the following:

* Education. Make your employees aware of how their smartphone interacts with your network.

* Create and strictly enforce a use policy, and ensure that security apps are included in said policy.

* Understand that not all smartphones operate on the same platform. Phone software packages have holes and no carrier is immune to malware and viruses. Learn about the various vulnerabilities and safeguards of the smartphone options you're considering.

* Require employees to sync their phones regularly, keeping sensitive data off of their phones.

* Maintain a corporate firewall and regularly monitor all server activity.

* Limit employee permissions to only what they need to get their job done.

* Have authentication protocols in place for accessing corporate networks.

* Keep malware definitions up to date and running on all security software.

 
All About Mobile Viruses PDF Print E-mail

Imagine if someone were to erase your phone book - or worse still, steal it?

Imagine if someone were reading your text messages and personal emails - how would you feel?

Imagine if someone could trace your bank details, or other sensitive information from your phone.

Imagine if someone could add just 10p a month to your bill. Would you notice? How much could they regularly take from your account before you would be alerted to it?

Imagine if someone stole your identity? Without virus protection you run the risk of ID theft, these details are easy to obtain from your mobile.

Imagine if you simply could not use your phone.

This list above is what is under threat by a mobile virus getting into your devices, once in your Phone, PDA , Pocket Pc or what ever you call you device any or all of the above could happen.

Many Of the Threats Listed Below can be avoided by being careful what texts and emails you open. Have you ever received a text message offering a free mp3, software download or something more suggestive? you may have downloaded a virus. Modern technology advances and so are the viruses for smart phones and mobile phones with internet connectivity. Mobile viruses are like human viruses. It can spread by close contact to a specific host. It can also spread in the same way as computer viruses. Mobile viruses can be transferred through infected files or programs.

Some mobile device has Bluetooth. It is a product of modern technology that transfers data. This is done between different devices through photo sending from cell phone to printer and or address transferring from your Windows mobile phone to computers.

Mobile phones evolve. Their purpose was originally to make people talk to each other while moving. Now they are considered as multi-media devices. It can replace items in the future like:

o game console
o messaging terminals
o credit cards
o digital cameras
o TV and others

Cell phones that are merely enabled for talking and SMS are not at risk with viruses. Those that are enabled to handle data or have Bluetooth are susceptible to viruses. Bluetooth technology has few risks so it needs to be manipulated properly. Once virus is installed or received, it will start to look for other Bluetooth devices to infect. Within a 30 feet radius, an enabled Bluetooth mobile device can be infected by another.

How do viruses multiply?

Infected MMS messages will be sent by a virus. It will then proliferate to every listed numbers in your phone memory.

What harm virus can do to your phone?

o The virus can delete or alter all the contact details and calendar entries in your mobile phone.
o It can crash, delete or lock up your phone applications.
o The virus will appear as pornographic item, free download, or mobile games.
o The virus will appear as text messages disguised as friend message's subject line.

Knowingly or unknowingly, the user installs the virus through transferring. Sometimes the virus disguise as a desirable application. It installs the bug without your knowing. It can cause trouble and cash losses, too.

How to avoid mobile viruses?

o Do not enable Bluetooth when not needed.
o Accept only file that you know when your Bluetooth is on.
o Say "No" for unknown file.
o Download materials that are not scanned from sharing network must be avoided.
o Delete the infected application program.
o Avoid installing unknown applications.
o Download only from official websites.

Ways to avoid mobile viruses

1. Network Security

There are mobile versions of anti-virus products that can be used. These are from industry leaders. It includes:

o Norton Smartphone Security for Pocket PC
o F-Secure Mobile Antivirus and
o Trend Micro Mobile Security-It can protect Windows mobile, Pocket PC, Symbian and Smart phone users
o Airscanner Anti-virus-It can protect mobile devices and Pocket PC from Trojans
o Commander Mobile Anti-virus- protects Symbian smart phones

2. Blocking Thieves

An important defense to block thieves of data is to enable the password lock. It can be found in the native system setting of PDA.

3. Privacy and Data Protection

To keep your files confidential, password managers and data encryption can help you. Encryption applications are:

o Ilium Software's eWallet Professional for Windows Mobile
o Smartphone and
o Palm with 256-bit RC4 encryption

A password for lockbox program will be required each time information is to be accessed. It includes bank account, car details, credit cards, and the like. Well-known viruses are:

o Cabir
o Duts
o Skull
o CommWarrior

Viruses and Malware will remain as long as 3G phones are here. Improvement of the productivity levels of mobile devices will expose them more to virus infections. The solution is to implement security measures inside the device such as data encryption and anti-virus software applications.

 
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