Password protection critical for all devices, experts say
With the advent of smartphones and tablets, owners are no longer restricted to desktop platforms for their computing needs. As a result, experts agree that these powerful mobile devices must be guarded with same same strength of password protection as traditional hardware.
Unfortunately for consumers, mobile browsers are no place to hide from online security threats. Cybercriminals are turning their attention to smartphones and tablets as unsuspecting consumers use the devices to send email, access social media accounts and review financial statements.
"During the last two years we've seen an increase in attacks on smartphones and mobile devices," McAfee Security analysts noted in the firm's annual forecast. "Attackers have moved on from simple destructive spyware and malware that makes them money."
As these plots grow in scope and complexity, unprepared consumers may find themselves the victims of online identity theft. These troubles often follow users offline and can create serious risks to physical and financial safety.
To stay ahead of hackers, employing a password manager is no longer optional. According to the Street, making sure your phone has a screen lock and establishing emergency plans to address device loss or theft are the start of any good mobile defense strategy.