Keep Mobile Devices' Data From The Hands Of Scam Artists
Cellphones, laptops and tablets make business and personal communications easy and fast, but all this technology has proven to be a windfall for scam artists. NY1's Consumer Watch reporter Asa Aarons filed the following report.
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With one touch, mobile device users can transact bank deposits, locate associates or for that matter, find their own exact location.
It also means thieves are one touch away from victims' personal information. Jennifer Jolly of Tecca.com says portable gear has taken cyber-thievery to a whole new level.
"The hackers, the people who are after your personal information, they aren't just doing it from a desktop computer at home anymore. Now they are going after your laptop, they're going after your tablets and they're going after your cellphones, and they're getting in," says Jolly.
The way to a victim's personal data, like passwords or account numbers, is as old as history itself. Just like in the days of Troy, "Beware of strangers bearing gifts."
"They send you a text message, and the text message says 'Download a free ringtone here.' You click that connection and it takes you to a website that's able to steal some of your information."
People can protect themselves by paying attention to the environment.
"Definitely commuters have been targeted, travelers in airports are big targets. Anyone who uses public WiFi, big target. So if you're in a place like a train station, a public market, a public airport, and it gives you a chance to log onto public WiFi, don't do it. Either have your own MyFi device that you carry around with you, or go to 3G," says Jolly.
Finally, people should resist temptation.
"Don't respond to an unsolicited text message, email or phone call," says Jolly.
Jolly recommends using antivirus software that will synchronize with one's computer, laptop, tablet and phone.