Mobile Internet Security

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What Does Mobile Internet Security Mean?

Mobile Internet security is the collection of tools and procedures for connecting mobile devices to the global Internet.

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Mobile devices have their own platforms and operating systems, with their own vulnerabilities. Mobile Internet security addresses these issues with specific tools and features for supporting the safe use of mobile devices.

Techopedia Explains Mobile Internet Security

Typically, mobile Internet security systems will have the same kinds of tools that apply to security systems for laptop or desktop computers.

These include anti-malware protection and anti-virus protection, as well as various kinds of privacy tools. However, mobile device operating systems are a bit different from the desktop OS versions of past years.

The key thing is that mobile Internet security systems will address particular mobile platforms. For example, mobile Internet security packages for Android phones will be different than mobile Internet security packages for Apple iPhones.

For each of these platforms and operating systems, security experts will look at the specific loopholes and vulnerabilities that could allow for data breaches, data theft and hacking. They will then offer the most effective tools for protecting these systems against harm.

While many users are intimately familiar with the vulnerabilities of desktop systems, including classic Trojans, worms and other viruses, and keyloggers, etc., security for mobile devices is more of a new frontier for many of us. Highly profiled bugs like heartbleed are bringing mobile security into a more prominent place in our IT lexicon, and making mobile Internet security much more relevant for the years ahead.

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