People ask us all the time, "What are some basic ways to keep my personal data safe on my smartphone or tablet?" And it's a great question, since mobile devices are exploding in popularity.
To that end, here are some basic, need-to-know tips for securing your mobile device:
Know your apps:
Download apps only from a trusted source, like the Google Market, Apple App Store or Amazon App Store. Closely scrutinize the permissions the app requests, and don't install it if it wants to access certain functions that it doesn't need, such as the ability to send SMS messages. User reviews are also helpful.
Lock your device:
Most smartphones and tablets give you a choice of locking the device with a password, numeric code or pattern. Take advantage of this – if nothing else, you'll prevent practical jokesters from emailing your boss if you leave your device unattended.
Explore mobile security services:
Mobile security apps provide lost device protection, secure web browsing, and antimalware services. Webroot offers several free and premium versions of Webroot SecureAnywhere
for protecting devices on the iOS and Android operating systems.