Infographic: Protecting Yourself and Your Mobile Device

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While most people secure their laptops with the latest security updates, there’s still a large segment of society who seems to think security issues do not affect their mobile phones. That couldn’t be further from the truth, as threats from malware and phishing definitely exist in the world of mobile apps — and especially in WiFi hotspots.

(As just one example of how people don’t pay attention? Before her phone was hacked, actress Jennifer Lawrence famously said, “My iCloud keeps telling me to back it up, and I’m like, I don’t know how to back you up. Do it yourself.”)

In an effort to “prevent an infestation from occurring” on your mobile phone, the team at British company Crowd Control HQ designed an impressive infographic on protecting your mobile devices. They mention that for people who “work on the go and spend time in airports or other business locations, unsecured WiFi hotspots are fantastic places for identity theft.”

While it would appear this infographic has thought of every last WiFi security detail, it’s missing the suggestion to use a virtual private network (VPN) like PRIVATE WiFi.

But did you know that 90% of Internet hackers are so-called “amateurs” at their craft, according to Crowd Control’s research? Remember that WiFi signals are just radio waves. Anyone in range can “listen in” to all of the data you send and receive, as easily as tuning to the right station. And antivirus or firewall software can’t protect you. But a VPN will make you, and everything you do online, invisible to anyone eavesdropping nearby.

As Crowd Control advises in the infographic: “Don’t just react to security breaches; take the steps to keep the infestation away. Protect your mobile devices today.”

The Crowd Control infographic also points out that by 2016, more than 277 million mobile devices will have some kind of protection installed. Those are reassuring numbers for anyone (not just Jennifer Lawrence) and proves it’s not too late to start using a personal VPN along with implementing other important mobile phone security measures.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.