The FCC collaborated with smartphone security experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FTC, The National Cyber Security Alliance, CTIA, Lookout, and other public and private sector partners to create an online tool that emphasizes mobile security best practices.
The new Smartphone Security Checker site provides users with security and safety tips based on their smartphone platform: Android, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows. The list of 10 security and safety tips include information on passwords, backing up data, wiping data on an old phone and how to avoid stolen devices.
The FCC acknowledges that most users don’t understand the power of the smartphone, although almost half of Americans now own a smartphone and nearly 20 percent have been the victim of mobile cybercrime. Most smartphone users don’t know how to prevent mobile security threats and with mobile cyber attacks increasing every year, staying protected against viruses, theft, password hacks and malicious apps is essential.
It is necessary for consumers to take the same precautions with mobile devices as they do with computers as smartphones’ capabilities, processing power and apps increase. Comcast customers can access several useful apps through their smartphones to aid in TV watching, sports games and more.
The XFINITY TV app is available for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch and allows users to watch On Demand shows and movies anywhere with a WiFi connection. The Comcast mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch allows users to manage multiple email accounts in one inbox, view voicemails from their Comcast Voice home phone on a mobile device, and access their local TV Guide listings.
With the Smartphone Security Checker, Comcast users can feel protected and secure while using applications on their mobile devices. Consumers can access the “Smartphone Security Checker” for free here.