Infographic: How Well Do You Protect the Information On Your Mobile Phone?

Consumer Reports recently spoke with privacy experts, wireless carriers, phone makers, government agencies, and white-hat hackers —the good guys who test the security of phones and apps—to find out just how private and secure our smart phones are and what we can do to protect ourselves. They also asked 1,656 smart-phone users about their experiences as part of a nationally representative survey of 3,036 adult online users, who also talked about their use of home computers. The study found that a smartphone can be quite secure if you take a few basic precautions. Check out the below infographic to see what their study revealed. Do you think your smartphone is secure?
 

Infographic: How Well Do You Protect the Information On Your Mobile Phone?

Consumer Reports recently spoke with privacy experts, wireless carriers, phone makers, government agencies, and white-hat hackers —the good guys who test the security of phones and apps—to find out just how private and secure our smart phones are and what we can do to protect ourselves. They also asked 1,656 smart-phone users about their experiences as part of a nationally representative survey of 3,036 adult online users, who also talked about their use of home computers.

The study found that a smartphone can be quite secure if you take a few basic precautions. Check out the below infographic to see what their study revealed. Do you think your smartphone is secure?

 

Stay Safe and Secure When Using Public Wi-Fi


Public Wi-Fi connections are a convenient tool, but it’s important for consumers to take steps to protect their devices and personal information, such as online bank accounts or passwords, which can be collected without their knowledge when using these networks.

Connecting to open networks without checking their origins makes it easy for customers to mistake a hacker’s fake hotspot, disguised to resemble a business’s hotspot, for the real thing. Avoid this trap by asking an employee for the name or SSID (Service Set Identifier) of the network or by using a personal mobile hotspot. Do not connect to supposedly “free” networks that ask for a credit card payment or other personal information.

For business travelers especially, public Wi-Fi in airports makes it easy to stay connected to the office while on the road. After using a public network, users should secure their device by setting it to “forget” any networks to which it was previously connected and turn off the device’s Wi-Fi connection.

Also, make sure antivirus and antispyware software is up to date on all of devices, including smartphones. By downloading apps such as Verizon Mobile Security and Lookout, users can help protect themselves from malicious activities.

Stay Safe and Secure When Using Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi connections are a convenient tool, but it’s important for consumers to take steps to protect their devices and personal information, such as online bank accounts or passwords, which can be collected without their knowledge when using these networks.

Connecting to open networks without checking their origins makes it easy for customers to mistake a hacker’s fake hotspot, disguised to resemble a business’s hotspot, for the real thing. Avoid this trap by asking an employee for the name or SSID (Service Set Identifier) of the network or by using a personal mobile hotspot. Do not connect to supposedly “free” networks that ask for a credit card payment or other personal information.

For business travelers especially, public Wi-Fi in airports makes it easy to stay connected to the office while on the road. After using a public network, users should secure their device by setting it to “forget” any networks to which it was previously connected and turn off the device’s Wi-Fi connection.

Also, make sure antivirus and antispyware software is up to date on all of devices, including smartphones. By downloading apps such as Verizon Mobile Security and Lookout, users can help protect themselves from malicious activities.

The Telematics Conference focuses on how telecommunications are incorporated into vehicles as a means of providing functionality. This technology is a source of the status and behavior of a vehicle, and delivering services, including location-based services, safety and security, and other data to the vehicle’s occupants.

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network enables advances in key components of Telematics, such as GPS systems, maintenance indicators, wireless Web access, hands-free connectivity and roadside assistance, along with other technologies and applications. The end result is a transformation of the vehicle into a combination of transportation and connectivity, making summer road trips all the better.