The future and even now has become a field of mobility. Our mobile computers and cell phones are carrying just as much personal data as their at home companions. In fact, many times the mobile computers are holding more information and financial data than any home computer. That makes NetQin mobile security a major issue that needs to be addressed by everyone.
Watch the Downloads
While most paid and even the free apps that are released through the official channels are clean, it is still a good idea to watch what you download. Everything that is in the official app store has been reviewed, but that does not mean that something cannot slip through. Plus there is the fact that many apps are written to access data on the phone or tablet and that means that a reviewer would let that portion stay the same.
Beyond the official channels, there are several ways that an app can be downloaded and this is usually to avoid paying for a paid app. While this may be safe most of the time, it only takes one time to have all of your data put directly into the wrong hands. It is far too easy to open up an app, re-write a part of it and pack it back to look just like the original, but with a few minor changes. Changes that can mean trouble.
Watch the Kids
There are many parents that have come to love their mobile phones and computers as a way to provide entertainment for younger children. There are some great apps that are fully engaging and at the same time teach a child some very valuable lessons in numbers, the alphabet and even more complex subjects. The main issue that many mobile computers have is the ease with which the Internet can be accessed.
Also, it is very easy to access the app store. Easy enough that almost any child can stop the program they are using and download something within seconds. This is made even easier by the fact that most free apps have links built right into them to upgrade to the paid version and this immediately opens the app store.
Avoid Embedding Data
One of the most convenient aspects of the entire line of mobile computers is the fact that a single email account connects an entire web of information. For example, most Android based phones use a Gmail account to hold data. You can log into the same account from a desktop computer and add software to the phone without jumping through a lot of hoops.
In addition to simply sharing access to some NetQin apps, your credit card information is associated with that same Gmail account. This makes it easy to make a purchase from any device that is synched with that account. This can get a little tricky if you are unaware of the connection. If you are logged unto a public computer with that email account and walk away, someone can walk up behind you and add software to your phone using your credit card.
The information itself is “hidden,” but a savvy hacker can get that information out of Gmail. The main point is to watch where you access your accounts and always log off when leaving. It does not matter if it is the public library or Uncle John’s house. Be safe and logoff of every account before walking away from any computer.
There are more than a few apps out there that can help protect the data and security of a mobile computer. They actually operate a little different from programs of the same type would on a home computer or laptop. Once you get used to using these NetQin apps, they can be a big help in keeping a mobile computer safe and secure.
Using some common sense, some knowledge and a little extra software, mobile computing can be as safe as you want it to be. Be careful, watch the websites that you and anyone that touches your phone go to and be careful of your accounts, even your email accounts. Mobile computing is a great convenience; just make sure you are the only one that it is convenient for.