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The ultimate guide to mobile malware and dodgy apps

Fri Jan 27, 2017 by Brian Cody

Malware is created by hackers and is often distributed over the internet. While many people are considerate of malware as a threat to their desktop computer or laptop, they tend to be more lax when it comes to their tablets and smartphones – which means mobile devices are ripe for the picking when it comes to identity theft, stolen personal information, emptied bank accounts, and viruses meant to break the device in question.

What types of mobile malware exist?

Posted in mobile safety , online safety tips and online threats

How social engineering is used to install spyware

Fri Dec 30, 2016 by Norton-Team

The notion of someone taking over your computer and watching you through your webcam may sound like something from James Bond but hackers are already using this technology. Spyware is a serious threat and victims are often unaware that they’re being spied on. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online security

Free Public Wi-Fi. Is my private information really safe?

Tue Dec 20, 2016 by brian_cody

Free Wi-Fi hotspots are a great convenience that allow us to connect to information and people while on the move. Whether it's at the local coffee shop, restaurant or travelling further afield free public Wi-Fi is no longer just something we do when on holidays. 

We use it every day, in ever growing places for pleasure and sometimes when travelling for business but while it makes our lives easier to connect to public networks, it also presents a risk to the personal information on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online security

Wi-Fi hotspots: The secret to being secure this festive season

Thu Dec 15, 2016 by Norton-Team

It’s that time of the year when we catch up with family and friends to celebrate the festive season. It’s a busy time for most and probably more than once you’ll find yourself connecting to free Wi-Fi whether it’s in a café, restaurant or shopping mall. But did you know most public Wi-Fi networks are unsecure and could pose a threat to the security risk to your sensitive data or identity? 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety tips and online security tips

Device Security: Tips for Airport Travelers

Thu Dec 08, 2016 by Norton-Team

As the most popular travel days of the year approach, many holiday travelers are creating mental checklists for navigating busy airports on their journey home — most likely with their trusty mobile devices in hand and laptops in their bags. To save fliers the headache and heartbreak of having their devices compromised en route to Christmas with the family, here’s a handy checklist to keep smartphones, tablets, and laptops safe while spending time in an airport. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online safety tips

Secure your Festive Season with 12 Days of Norton Security Tips

Thu Dec 08, 2016 by Norton-Team

Christmas is a time for re-connecting with friends and loved one’s. Why not make your online moments even more secure this year with our gift to you – Our 12 days of Norton security tips...

Posted in how to guides , mobile safety and online security

Do you have what it takes to become a Wi-Fi Warrior?

Mon Dec 05, 2016 by Norton-Team

Your digital world can be a busy place but have you thought of how you’re connecting every day to your online life? 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online security tips

What do you do if your device is lost or stolen?

Fri Nov 18, 2016 by Norton-Team

Having a mobile device has become one of life’s essentials and when a loss or theft occurs it can be a sickening feeling, and often one that can be pretty stressful. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety , online security tips and online threats

We are our own worst enemies when it comes to mobile malware

Thu Nov 17, 2016 by Norton-Team

While many of us safeguard our desktops and laptops from a cavalcade of online threats, we’re much more lax about our phones. We download apps without a second thought or log into our bank accounts on public networks where just about anyone could be watching in.

Posted in mobile safety , online safety , online security tips and online threats

Mobile threats? Europol launches a new awareness campaign

Wed Oct 19, 2016 by Norton-Team

We love being connected in the digital world. Whether it’s our smartphone, tablet or Pc device it is hard to imagine a world without them. From online shopping, to gaming to sharing moments with our connections we use the online world in ways that have not gone unnoticed.

Did you know Smartphones and tablets are an increasingly attractive target for online criminals?

Posted in mobile safety , online security and online threats

Public Wi-Fi security? Here's why you should use a VPN

Mon Oct 10, 2016 by Norton-Team

Did you know? 83% of people in the UK fear their information can be stolen when using public Wi-Fi…but only 16% do something to prevent it.*

Surfing the Web or transacting on an unsecured Wi-Fi network means you’re placing your private information and anonymity at risk. That’s why a virtual private network, better known as a VPN, is a must for anyone worried about their online security and privacy. No matter if your connecting to free wifi hotspots for pleasure or while travelling for business keeping your information safe on public networks is important.

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online security

Got a new PC or mobile device? Here’s how to use it safely online

Fri Sep 16, 2016 by Norton-Team

When you invest in a new PC, mobile or tablet it can be a pretty exciting time. From engaging in online experiences to getting lost in toying with its advanced technical capabilities, a new device opens up a world of possibilities to be ever more connected online. But, with these new experiences, come new challenges to protect your identity and personal data. We’ve put together a handy guide to new device safety to help you get the most from your new tech.

Posted in how to guides , mobile safety and online safety

4 tourist scams to avoid on holiday

Tue Sep 06, 2016 by Norton-Team

One of the highlights of any holiday is getting away from it all to have a rest and relax. Unfortunately criminals are aware of when we let our guard down and tourists are a key target for them. 

Posted in family security , mobile safety and online threats

Mobile Security: Why you should take it seriously

Wed Aug 31, 2016 by Norton-Team

For all intents and purposes your smartphone is a convenient amalgam of computer, diary, bank account and television. You eat with it, email with it, play with it, and on the odd occasion, even make phone calls with it. It’s your favourite recipe book, your cherished photo album, your financial vault, and you should be treating it with the utmost care and attention.

Posted in mobile insights , mobile safety and online security

What Is a VPN? And why you should use one on Public Wi-Fi.

Fri Aug 26, 2016 by Norton-Team

Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to use public Wi-Fi? It’s a question we should all ask ourselves as we more and more utilize free Wi-Fi connections. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety and online security

Why people are more likely to see online bullying than offline.

Fri Aug 12, 2016 by Norton-Team

Cyberbullying is a subject that’s captured plenty of headlines though it’s just a modern version of an old problem. Sadly, bullying has been part of the human existence for longer than anyone can remember. So it’s hardly a surprise that this behaviour has taken on a new lease of life on different social media platforms. 

Posted in family security , mobile safety and social media

Pokemon Go – A Parent’s guide for Children

Fri Jul 29, 2016 by Norton-Team

Unless you've been on holiday in Timbuktu, you'll have heard about this new phenomenon sweeping the globe. For gamers and smartphone lovers this new game has presented some exciting interactive play but how can you keep your young players safe both online and off?

Posted in digital trends , family security and mobile safety

7 ways to keep your devices safe while travelling

Fri Jul 08, 2016 by Norton-Team

It’s almost that time of the year again. You’ve worked hard and now it’s time to relax and enjoy a well-earned holiday. But, before you get to lay by the pool there’s a couple of things to think about so as your information stays safe, no matter if you’re travelling home or abroad. 

Posted in how to guides , mobile insights and mobile safety

How do you know if it's a scam website? Here's 9 ways to check...

Mon Jun 20, 2016 by brian cody

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of grabbing a great bargain online but have you ever stopped to think whether that ridiculously unbelievable knock-down price is really saving you money in the long run? 

Posted in how to guides , mobile safety and online safety tips

6 ways to keep your devices protected this summer

Wed Jun 15, 2016 by Norton_Team

After working hard all year, taking a holiday is one of those moments you get to relax. We pack our lives into a suitcase, looking forward to that worry free time.

And more often than not we’re accompanied by at least one of our devices on our travels. Understanding how best to protect your devices from all kinds of threats is pretty important but did you know there are some extra precautions you can take when you’re travelling with a smartphone, tablet or laptop?

Posted in mobile safety , online safety tips and online threats

How to Protect Your New Tech Gadgets

Thu Dec 17, 2015 by Norton_Team

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and a time when many receive new gadgets like laptops, smartphones, tablets and more.

Posted in mobile safety , online security tips and optimise your device

The Ultimate Guide to Smartphone Security

Tue Dec 01, 2015 by Norton_Team

With a purported two billion people set to be using smartphones by the end of 2016, smartphone security has never been more essential. As the smartphone market grows, the risk of attack becomes greater, as increasing amounts of personal and professional information are stored on these devices, which fraudsters aim to use for their own gain. 

Posted in mobile safety , online safety tips and optimise your device

What is Malware?

Thu Oct 08, 2015 by Norton_Team

What is malware? You’ve probably heard the word ‘virus’ being thrown around online, or even by your parents when wondering “Why won’t this godforsaken contraption work properly?” We know viruses are bad, but what exactly are they and how can you protect yourself from them? In this article we will learn about viruses and other forms of malware.

First, a virus is a software program designed to make its way onto your computer with the intention of getting up to no good. Viruses aren’t the only danger to your computer though, just the most commonly known form. 

Viruses are a type of malware, or ‘malicious software’. There are many forms of malware out there in the digital world, all designed to cause some sort of havoc. 

Posted in mobile safety , online security and online security tips

Five Tips for Safer Mobile Banking

Thu Sep 03, 2015 by Norton_Team

Mobile banking is convenient, simple, fast and flexible – allowing us to access our accounts 24/7 and on the go. We can pay bills, move funds, buy stuff, check our account balance, deposit money and request emergency cash without even setting foot inside our bank’s physical building. With our smartphones and tablets, we can carry our virtual banks in our pockets wherever we go.

But along with this convenient money management comes added risk. Criminals previously had to physically break into banks directly to take our money. Now it’s easier for them to target us, the customers, instead – aiming to defraud us, steal our identities and siphon funds from our accounts.

If you use mobile banking, you need to protect both your phone and your financial information from hackers, identity thieves and malware. We’ll show you how to do this simply with these five tips for safer mobile banking.

Posted in mobile safety , online safety tips and online security

Top 5 Mobile Security Threats

Wed Sep 02, 2015 by Norton_Team

We do love our mobiles, and our passion for them is on the rise. According to eMarketer, over a third of the world’s population will own a smartphone by 2017. But we’re not the only ones with a desire for these devices. Cybercriminals, too, have an appetite for mobiles: the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) shows that 38 per cent of smartphone users became victims of cybercrime in 2013.

The phenomenal growth in use of smartphones and tablets, along with our sometimes not-so-smart attitude to security, means that our mobile devices are easy and plentiful targets.  As well as containing masses of valuable personal data, our mobiles are the perfect way for cybercriminals to get at us. 

Posted in mobile insights , mobile safety and online threats

Why You Need Security Protection for Your Mobile Device

Tue Aug 25, 2015 by Norton_Team

We do love our mobiles, and our passion for them is on the rise. According to eMarketer, over a third of the world’s population will own a smartphone by 2017. But we’re not the only ones with a desire for these devices. Cybercriminals, too, have an appetite for mobiles: the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) shows that 38 per cent of smartphone users became victims of cybercrime in 2013.

The phenomenal growth in use of smartphones and tablets, along with our sometimes not-so-smart attitude to security, means that our mobile devices are easy and plentiful targets.  As well as containing masses of valuable personal data, our mobiles are the perfect way for cybercriminals to get at us.

And with Wired reporting that mobile broadband subscribers are forecast to reach 5 billion worldwide in 2016, there is a vast and widening pool of potential victims.

Many people think you don’t need security for a mobile device, but read on and you’ll see why it’s essential. Here are our top 5 reasons to protect your mobile with security software.

Posted in mobile insights , mobile safety and online security

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