The current investigation into the mobile phone hacking operation allegedly perpetrated by the UK's News of the World has highlighted the vulnerability of mobile communications that politicians, celebrities and everyday users have neglected to protect from unauthorized use. As we increasingly move from using personal computers to relying on mobile handsets, the need for individuals to take steps to protect the data on their handsets grows ever more urgent. Mobile usage is vast. Each day, billions of messages are sent via mobile around the world, which is more texts than Google searches..
Hackers can use a variety of methods to access voice and data transferred via, or stored on, mobile handsets, be it images, text messages, or even voice mails. This includes everything from installing ghost programs on the handset that will monitor all communications to accessing over-air radio wave transmissions from the mobile. Sophisticated spy software exists that users wouldn't even know is on their phone. However, there are simple steps that users can take to ensure that their personal information is not compromised.
Mike Hawkes, Director of Security for the Mobile Data Association suggests top tips for consumers and businesses who want to prevent unauthorized access of their private information.
How to protect your mobile from hackers:
This crisis has exposed once and for all the necessity for both individuals and consumers to protect content on their mobile handsets. Mobiles now act as laptops as well as phones for accessing the internet. Make sure you are aware of the sheer extent of personal data you are storing and exchanging on your mobile, and take steps to prevent that from getting into the wrong hands.
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