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Mobile devices are just as vulnerable to security breaches

28 October 2015
Mobile devices are just as vulnerable to security breaches

Just like your computer or laptop they can be hacked, infected with a virus and, if unsecured, provide access to your personal information.

With 21 million mobile handset subscribers in Australia, mobile devices are increasingly becoming more important in the communications landscape. The mobile device is used in all aspect of our lives from using it to give us directions and weather information to updating our social media accounts and catching up on the latest news. We are not only using one mobile device, we are increasingly using more with 1.14 million Australians owning two different mobile phones, one for work and one for personal use.  But as we move towards more convenient and portable technology are we investing in security measures to keep these devices safe?  More than half of mobile device users don’t use the basic precautions like password or passcode lock or back up the information on their devices.  In addition, 57 per cent of mobile device users are not aware that security solutions for mobile devices exist.  These practices can leave mobile device users exposed to the potential of a cybercrime.

To help raise awareness of the security vulnerabilities in mobile devices the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Telecommunications and Information Working Group which includes Australia as a member state, has released the Mobile Device Security Tips resource, designed by the United States of America, Department of Homeland Security. The resource provides security precautions and practical advice about how to protect your mobile device from malicious software, how to restrict access to prevent theft of data, and how to connect to the internet and browse safely.

To download the Mobile Device Security Tips (PDF 204KB) and read more about online security visit the Stay Smart Online website at www.staysmartonline.gov.au.