We’ve become a society so addicted to the Internet that we need to get our fix anywhere anyhow and anyhow anywhere we can. We’re not just online at home these days; we want info from the web on the bus, at the match, in the pub or at the concert
Smartphones have quickly become the most exciting new technology of the last decade as they put the online world at our fingertips wherever we go: whether it’s your daily news fix, keeping up with those Twitter updates or checking train times.
It’s not just tech geeks getting online on-the-go -52% of UK mobile phone users have a smartphone and now 28% of internet usage is from our mobile phones.
Over the last few years, we’ve become more risk-aware when it comes to using the web -most of us know now to protect our PCs with the right security software. We keep the software updated and are generally more aware of the dangers of sharing too much personal information online. But unfortunately there seems to be an attitude gap and this same level of care isn’t usually applied to our mobile phones: school boy error!
Internet access on smartphones has opened up a whole new jungle of technology safety issues similar to those affecting laptops and PCs.
Some of the biggest predators from smartphone internet use include:
Just like web security on our PC at home, web security on your mobile phone shouldn’t be taken for granted. Ensure your device has up-to-date mobile security. It could be as simple as adding a 4 digit pin code lock to your handset and also switching off any geo-tagging tools on apps.
But most importantly, be smart about what information you share using your phone. They may be called smartphones, but you have to be the brains behind them.