With the ever growing threat of malware and viruses, most people are used to protecting their computers. But, what about protecting your phone from cyber attacks? Today, cell phones are not just for emergencies. We use our mobile devices for everything. From checking Facebook status to taking photos to even doing personal banking, cell phones have become invaluable. Yet, we do almost everything on phones except, protect them from cyber attacks.

Think about this. In the United States alone, people lose their phones 15 times more than they do their laptops. On average, 113 phones are lost every second and over 10,000 smartphones are found in airports each week. When you lose your phone, you are losing your personal information as well as, putting yourself at risk for identity theft.

Researchers have discovered that almost 25% of people store their passwords for their bank account and computers. And, over 10% keep credit card numbers and other information that can put their identity at risk. Given these reasons, McAfee Security Software has ways you can protect not only your personal information but, ways to protect your phone from apps that could contain spyware and phishing attacks.

McAfee recommends to —

  • Always password protect your device and set it to auto-lock after a certain period of time to increase your mobile security.
  • Consider using a product like McAfee® Mobile Security, to provide mobile protection. McAfee’s security software can backup and restore the information on your phone, remotely locate your phone and wipe data in the case you do lose your phone or it is stolen. Plus, the software has the capability to block bad website links embedded in emails, text messages, social networking sites and even QR codes.
  • Never leave your phone unattended in a public place.
  • Before downloading a third-party app, check other users’ reviews to see if it is safe, and read the app’s privacy policy to make sure that it is not sharing your personal information.
  • Don’t store sensitive information on your phone.
  • If you use online banking and shopping sites, always log out and don’t select the “remember me” function.
  • And finally, check your monthly mobile phone statement for any inconsistencies.