We’re all aware of the need to keep our computing devices secure, with a range of security solutions available for PCs and laptops – but what about our mobile devices?
Smartphones have made huge leaps in power and capability over the past decade, becoming advanced computing devices in their own right, not only housing our apps, photos, and games, but also becoming an access point for work.
With many of us embracing hybrid working, having a smartphone fit for work is a crucial tool, but they also need to be protected from cyber threats – so here are some tips to keep your mobile devices safe.
Unfortunately, some parts of the internet aren’t really a safe place to visit, and this can be the case with mobile browsing as well as on a PC.
Dodgy websites can try to infect your device with malware or other malicious software, by installing trackers or keyloggers, with phishing websites looking to scam their victims with their hard-earned money,
Happy, Bitdefender Total Security (opens in new tab) offers an anti-phishing system that scans web pages and warns you if you land on a fraudulent site. It also comes with the Bitdefender Web Protection tool, which filters all mobile traffic, not just your intentional browsing, to provide real-time protection against all online dangers.
Full scanning, all the time
Let’s face it, most of us spend a lot of time on our phones or other mobile devices, using them for a wide variety of activities and functions.
This includes all the apps and services you might have installed on your device – but how much do you really know about your apps? Bitdefender’s On-Demand & On-Install Scan feature scans your Android phone or tablet to ensure all your apps are legitimate and safe, checks each app as soon as you install it and alerts you if there are any issues.
Bitdefender Total Security (opens in new tab) also protects your phone by using AI models to detect unusual app activity, intercept threats before they hit, and flag potential scam chats or messages so you never fall victim to even the most devious threats.
Watch out for scams
Security scams are unfortunately a common part of everyday online life, with hackers and fraudsters trying to scam victims in any way they can. Many of us check emails or surf the web on our mobile devices, it can be deceptively easy to accidentally click on the wrong link or web page, and end up on a scam site.
Happy, Bitdefender Total Security (opens in new tab) comes with built-in Scam Alert protection, which blocks threats and websites detected as malicious, keeping your handset safe.
And to keep your internet usage safe from prying eyes, Bitdefender VPN encrypts all traffic on your device and provides up to 200 MB per day of encrypted traffic for Android and iOS devices.
Yours and yours alone
Should the worst happen and your mobile device is lost or stolen, rest assured that your data is safe from criminals.
Bitdefender Total Security (opens in new tab)The Anti-Theft tool allows you to remotely locate, lock, wipe or notify your device in case of loss or theft. Your phone can even take a mugshot of anyone who tries to tamper with it by sending it to your Bitdefender Central account.
The platform’s App Lock tool can also protect your most treasured apps by securing them with a PIN for that extra level of security, meaning no one can change or modify your settings or private information. Finally, the Smart Unlock tool means you can set your phone to only give you direct access to your protected apps if you’re using a trusted Wi-Fi network, keeping all your precious information safe.
For news on the latest threats, you can also get real-time updates on malware outbreaks and scams on the Bitdefender blog (opens in new tab).