Mobile phone security

Could you be at risk via malware, BlueTooth and phishing?

Simple tips to protect yourself from Identity Theft

A mobile phone alarm that ‘screams’ if it is separated from its owner by more than 10m could drastically reduce theft, the Home Office believes. Nearly 5500 mobile phones are reported stolen every day in the UK and the i-migo mobile alarm is one of three new ideas to win a Government backed challenge aimed at tackling phone crime through technological innovation.

Nowadays you don’t have to be in the office to be working, you can be on the train, in the coffee-shop or even the pub! But this flexibility means people are more likely to be carrying portable laptops and mobile phones, making them easy targets for thieves. There has never been a more important time to protect yourself against being a victim of ID fraud via your mobile technology.

Bearing in mind the many different ways we can fall prey to phishing, billing scams and other security breaches, how can you protect yourself against device theft and third party fraud?

There are obvious security precautions that you can take such as vigilance when in possession of expensive equipment and information, strong PIN protection and by using encryption software.

However, new research from Vodafone UK says 50% of Brits don’t regularly change their passwords on mobile devices. Troublingly, more than two-thirds of UK workers agreed that if their laptop or Blackberry was stolen, the thief would have access to sensitive information.

Mobile phone identity fraud increased by more than 70% last year, something which everyday phone users and the government are keen to reduce as soon as possible.

Here in this video, Julie Steele, Vodafone’s UK Head of Fraud, Risk and Security takes us through the correct procedures to keep you on guard and help keep your mobile phone protected.

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Updated on 14th April, 2010

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