Smartphones and mobile internet

KEEP YOUR MOBILE DEVICES SAFE AND SECURE

Imagine your laptop containing family photos, music and business contacts is stolen during a break in. Or you lost your mobile phone when out on the town.

New technology means there are now ways to try to find and recover your lost or stolen device.

PREY ON BURGLARS

NetSafe has taken calls from police officers reporting the successful recovery of laptops where the remote monitoring application Prey (www.preyproject.com) has been installed. The open source software lets you keep track of your device, send out alerts, locate its position and even snap a photo of the person using it.

Other similar products include LoJack For Laptops and Laptop Cop.

MALWARE AND MOBILE SECURITY

Smartphone owners need to be aware of the risk of malware harming their device, particularly Android owners where the open development ecosystem has seen new virus threats developed that target the phone operating system.

Installing an anti-virus product or security suite will help keep the phone protected as companies begin to focus on the need to block new cyber security threats.

REMOTE LOCK OR WIPE YOUR MISSING MOBILE

Products from many of the well-known security vendors now also feature the ability to lock down the device to avoid the finder accessing your email or contacts and doing harm to your business reputation as well as your bank balance. Companies that offer mobile security software are listed below.

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