Selecting the right protection and security is essential for staying safe online. But we no longer have just one computer. In today’s on-the-go world, our important files can reside across multiple devices with multiple platforms.
An office spreadsheet resides on your desktop PC, while your tax information is on your Mac laptop, and your contacts and irreplaceable digital photos and videos are on your smartphone.
These files can make a very tempting target to cybercriminals, which is why it's imperative that you keep them secure and every device you have. Mobile devices often make easy targets as people may not believe their smartphone needs security. They most definitely do!
The good news: There are easy, preventative solutions out there to help keep your files safe across all of your devices. We’ll walk you through exactly what you need.
Install mobile antivirus for Android & iPhone - Sure, you probably know you need a strong, effective security solution for your computer. But what about your phone? You might question whether it’s even needed. It is.
Viruses for mobile devices do exist. And while both Apple and the Google Play Store take preventative steps to stop malware from spreading on their respective storefronts, that doesn’t mean a virus can’t slip through. Plus, apps can bury functions that may be legal, but you'd rather not have them present on your mobile phone. This includes mobile adware, or “madware," which might expose private information like your location, contacts, and more. We've seen a startling 210% increase in this form of adware in the past few months.*
Tip: To play it safe, make sure you’re covered with up-to-date security for your device. If you never need it, great. But why chance it? If security for your Android device or iPhone or iPad helps prevent someone from stealing your data, you’ll be glad it’s there.
Be mindful of what you select, though. Some free security may not sufficiently cover your needs—existing only to push you to pay for other features that are essential.
For example, some freeware protection may be slow to offer security against the newest viruses. Having up-to-date protection is paramount. Security that only offers protection against last week's viruses leaves too much to chance.
After you download antivirus protection, back up your files often – So now we know we need protection for smartphones, we’re fully covered, right? Not quite. Periodic backups across all your devices are equally vital as well—especially your smartphone. After all, your contact information is not something you want to lose.
Tip: Protecting your data requires more than the occasional virus scan. Consider setting aside one day every week to back up and sync your data to the Cloud. That way, even if your device is lost, stolen, or breathes its last electronic breath, your data is safe. There are myriad ways to store your data online, but you must remember to do it.
Mobile safety and harnessing the power of the Cloud – If you’re like many people, you’re switching between devices and using them as a connected family: Creating a document on your desktop, adding in a photo from your smartphone, and then displaying it to others on your laptop. For this network to function, all the devices have to be in sync. But emailing files back and forth can be a pain. And, it can open up online safety issues since regular email isn’t secure.
Tip: Use the Cloud for storage and access your data from different devices. This way, you can retrieve files as needed from any device and have an online backup as well, just in case something should happen to your local hardware.
The world of protecting all of your Internet-accessible devices grows trickier almost every day. As the security holes are plugged, cybercriminals look for new ones with craftier ways to get you to invite malware onto your devices. Norton can help prevent this from happening.
Norton 360™ Multi-Device provides security for up to five devices (PCs, Macs, and Android), along with automatic backups and more.
Norton Mobile Security keeps your iPhone, iPad, and Android phone safe through mobile antivirus; the ability to lock or find your lost or stolen device; and it backs up your important contact information.
Whatever malware protection you use, make sure it's robust enough to protect all of your computers and mobile devices. After all, you want to enjoy the Internet, not become a target for cybercriminals.