Secure Your Mobile Device, Win Some Stuff

McAfee will be at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain from February 27th to March 1st and wants you to come visit them at the Intel booth (stand) in Hall 8 B197.  Come see McAfee and their mobile security solution and also check out the other fun events in Intel booth.

Users who visit the booth and show a McAfee staffer (you can find them in the red shirts) that they have “liked” the McAfee Facebook page will receive a free gift and they can also enter a drawing to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a 1-year subscription to McAfee Mobile Security after getting a special code from a McAfee staffer.

The winner of the drawing does not need to be present at the show to win and the winner will be notified on Monday, 5 March.

So come one, come all and see McAfee!

 

 

 

 

Robert Siciliano is an Online Security Evangelist to McAfee. See him discussing identity theft on YouTube. (Disclosures)

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How Criminals Capitalize On Our Digital Lives

Studies are beginning to show consistency in our digital behaviors. For example, almost 50% of us check Facebook or Twitter either immediately after waking or in the evening, after work or school. Criminals know this, and wait for these busy times to post tweets or status updates containing infected links.

When unsuspecting users accidentally click on those links, their PCs become infected and begin to do things like recording all of their keystrokes, or becoming a zombie that is part of a larger botnet. 30% of all spam is relayed by infected computers located in someone’s home or office, but controlled remotely by criminals.

And according to digital research firm comScore, close to 32.5 million Americans accessed banking information via mobile device at the end of the second quarter of 2011. During that time period, Android malware jumped by 76%.

Criminals know what we do online; mostly, we’re searching for photos and videos of celebrities. So they use those celebrities’ names as bait. In 2011, for example, a search for Heidi Klum had a one in ten chance of leading to a dangerous website.

We also play games online. How often does a kid get bored with the usual games and click over to some rogue site hosted on an overseas server? Many of these websites also contain explicit pornography. Studies show that 27% of teens have infected their home computers with malicious software designed to steal identities.

Is this your family’s digital life?

To stay protected I recommend you:

  • Use comprehensive, up-to-date security software on all your devices.
  • Use parental controls to protect kids online.
  • Use strong passwords for all devices and websites.
  • Use caution when clicking on links.
  • And increase your security intelligence, so that you are able to recognize scams before it’s too late.

 

Robert Siciliano is an Online Security Evangelist to McAfee. See him discussing identity theft on YouTube. (Disclosures)

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Lost or Stolen Mobile Devices Can Lead to Identity Theft

We lose stuff. You put something down, you get distracted, you forget about it and it’s gone. Stuff falls out of our pockets and bags all the time. I’m one of those people that’s so smart, I’m stupid and absent minded when it comes to my stuff. Where’s my wallet, where are my keys, where’s my phone? After 40+ years, I have a system of where I put my stuff, but it’s far from perfect.

At Oktoberfest many smart stupid people lost a lot stuff including 410 wallets, 4 wedding rings, 1 toaster, 1 set of dentures, 1 prosthetic leg and 320 mobile phones. I could easily be a one legged, toothless, ringless mess who lost his mobile and wallet.

That’d be me hopping around trying to make a call worried if my wife would be more upset I lost my leg or ring. NO MORE OKTOBERFEST FOR YOU!

While wallets are problematic, phones are the biggest issue here. Number of phones left in taxis every 6 months = 3 per taxi. Number of phones stolen in London alone = 120,000 a year!!!

Our phones transmit almost 17 billion texts per day, 52% of us store passwords on our phones, 87.5 million of us bank on our phones and I bet even more of us have naked pictures on there… of our pets.

These losses can lead to identity theft — if your mobile device falls into the wrong hands.

So what are your options for protecting your digital life extension?

Invest in a service that locates, locks, wipes and when you get a new phone, restores your data.

McAfee WaveSecure will:

— Remotely lock down your device. Wipe out important data stored on your mobile to protect your privacy

— Back up your data from your phone or remotely on the web. Access your data online from anywhere. Restore your data to a new phone

— Locate your lost phone and plot the locations on a map. Track SIM cards inserted and phone calls made to help get your lost phone back

Robert Siciliano is a McAfee Consultant and Identity Theft Expert. See him discussing how to protect yourself from identity theft on CounterIdentityTheft.com. (Disclosures)

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