Useful Tips for Smart Phone Security

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There's more to mobile security than the data you store. If your mobile device has Wi-Fi capability and you connect to unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots for Internet access without knowing it, there are more security concerns. The new article published by eSecurity Planet tells us all about it.

The first thing you should know about hotspot security is that most public Wi-Fi hotspots are not encrypted. This means that anyone within range can eavesdrop on what you send and receive. The same applies when using a laptop on a hotspot, or your computers at home on your own wireless router.

Eavesdropping on Wi-Fi is easy. All it takes is a curious individual with few free software tools and some spare time. And there is a lot of software out there that can capture in flight and display it. Some programs simply look out for and show login credentials to unsecured sites or services, like social networking sites and email accounts.

The first line of defense to combat Wi-Fi eavesdroppers is to use a virtual private network (VPN) on both your Wi-Fi and cell data connections. When connected to a VPN, all your Internet traffic travels through an encrypted tunnel, guarding it from local attackers. It protects your traffic and passwords not already encrypted. Moreover, VPNs can also give you secure remote access to files and network resources at work or at home, like remote desktop services.

Apple's iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android are two popular mobile platforms that include native VPN support. Most other platforms include some type of VPN functionality, but usually require you to have a special server in addition to a VPN server. For devices that support regular VPN connections, you can use a VPN from work, if they provide one, or setup your own VPN server at home using Windows or a third-party server.


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