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Teaching Mobile Security to Teenagers

Following an invitation from the International School of Bucharest, Avira’s Mobile Security expert Andrei Petrus talked to their students about the importance of using enhanced protection on all mobile devices. Curious what he told them? Discover some of the key points below!

Security & Privacy in a world that’s being eaten up by Mobile

Back in 2006, when Andrei was the same age as most of the teens in the audience, a number of 64 million smartphones were sold throughout the planet. That was covering 1% of World’s population. Only 8 years later, in 2014, 1.3+ billion smartphones were sold internationally, raising the overall adoption rate to well over 20% of World’s population. Mobile privacy thus becomes a widely popular topic for people all over the globe.

So what’s effectively at risk with mobile threats? More than you think:

  • The mobile device itself, physically.
  • Files you have stored on your phone: photos, videos, documents, notes etc.
  • Access to applications, as they contain personal information (i.e. Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger conversations archives)
  • Device’s geolocation which coincides with its user’s
  • Data that’s backed up in the cloud
  • Your contacts details, including your own (phone number, email address, home address,…)
  • Passwords and other login means
  • Your money (Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Samsung Pay)
  • Your health records (Apple Healthkit, Google Fit, Fitbit, Jawbone)

To summarize, the mobile devices we’re using – phone or tablet – represent a hub of our digital lives. Whilst embracing the mobile technology is essential nowadays, we need to set a price on our privacy. Otherwise, we risk a dystopia where ideas like having your phone lost or stolen, sharing your photo & video gallery with the world, making your contact list openly available in a public directory, or giving someone you don’t know your Social Media credentials, won’t stir an eyelid.

All these security concerns are actually linked to some real threats: viruses, ransomware, unsecure WiFi connections leading to the loss of unencrypted data.

Luckily there are still ways you could prevent all that. Here’s the expert’s advice on how you could easily lower the risk of having your mobile security breached:

  • Install apps only from trustworthy sources
  • Install a security solution on your device(s)
  • Use an AppLock-like solution to set additional layers of security
  • Keep your passwords strong and confidential
  • Use 2 factor authentication
  • Backup your data frequently
  • Use VPN to connect to the Internet when on unsecure WiFi

It goes without saying that a good antivirus protection increases the chances that you don’t suffer any security breach on your smartphone, be it iOS or Android. Even teens know that 🙂

This post is also available in: Italian

PR & Social Media Manager @Avira.