Tips to handle personal data on tablets and smartphones: McAfee

Infotech Lead India: McAfee has shared tips to handle personal data on tablets and smartphones.

McAfee says tablets and smartphones are likely to be the top items in holiday wish lists.

The security major is advising consumers to live their digital life more confidently by issuing tips to help consumers secure these devices as these devices come unprotected and can be vulnerable to online risks designed to steal personal information.

McAfee, in a statement, said cyber criminals continue to widen their nets to target even more devices and platforms as new devices come on the market and gain popularity.

McAfee LabsTM reports that smishing (or phishing text messages), PC, Mac, and mobile device malware, and malicious mobile websites are on the rise. These increases complement Android’s growth and give it the distinction of being the most targeted operating system for mobile threats. Wireless devices also present the risk of being hijacked by hackers when used over public Wi-Fi when networks are not secure.

Children are acquiring more gaming and entertainment devices than ever, including iPads, Xbox 360and Nintendo Wii, all of which are Internet-connected. Aside from the malware susceptibility, children can also put their parents at risk by downloading hundreds of dollars’ worth of apps while playing their favourite games and inadvertently charging their parents accounts simply by entering device passwords.

Gary Davis, vice president of global consumer marketing at McAfee, said: “With the increased amount of devices per person and household, comes the increased chance of cybercriminals gaining access and stealing personal information and data. Consumers deserve to have confidence that they can live their digital lives sharing any information, from anywhere and on any device without the risk of an attack or scam. The best way to ensure this is to take the time to secure their personal data as soon as they open their new tech gifts.”

Recently, Vishak Raman, senior regional director, Fortinet India &SAARC, said enterprises can prevent reputation loss and hefty fines by educating their employees, implementing role-based data loss prevention and accurately identifying the locations of their data.

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