Cellphones: “Biggest threat to your cybersecurity”

We’re not talking Apple building a backdoor to access your encrypted info, we’re talking ordinary old cyber-criminals intercepting messages, seizing account numbers and passwords, and taking remote control of cell phones.

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According to Knowledge @ Wharton

By 2015, more Americans are expected to access the Internet through a mobile device than a PC.

And,  45% of surveyed users do not see cybersecurity on their mobile devices as a threat in the same way as they see it on their computers.

The 55% couldn’t be more wrong.

Here’s why …

Every mobile device and app is a point of access for cybercriminals.

As wireless devices become increasingly ingrained into the daily lives of Americans, they open the door to heightened security risks.

Not only do such devices become points of access for cybercriminals, but they also may be more easily breached than personal computers since many consumers do not secure their
smartphones or tablets with antivirus software or take simple precautions such as enabling password protection.

  • Less than half of all wireless device owners use passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs) on their handsets, a
    much smaller percentage than computer users.
  • Among those who conduct online banking on mobile devices, only half encrypt the data or use some form of security software.
  • Less than a third of users have installed antivirus software on their mobile devices compared to 91% on their laptops.

But no system is foolproof; it takes one weak link for cybercriminals to slip through.

The same personal information about a consumer could be stored … on a mobile device.

All it takes is for a hacker to breach the least protected silo – the weakest link – your smartphone.

Taking steps to secure one’s mobile device is the “21st century equivalent of locking your door at night.”

Bottom line: at least put a password on your cellphone and iPad.

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