10 ways to secure your smartphone

With smartphone ownership on the rise and users increasingly store important content on their phones, cybercriminals are more and more interested in these devices, which makes mobile security more pertinent than ever.

With the IT consumerization trend, there is a blurring of lines between personal and corporate devices, Myla Pilao, director of core technology marketing at Trend Micro’s TrendLabs, told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail.

Citing research released last week by Ovum, she noted that Asia-Pacific mobile phone shipments is expected to hit 836 million by 2016. The market for smartphones will continue to grow and remain a key target of cybercriminals, Philippines-based Pilao added.

A Symantec report also revealed an increase of 42 percent in the number of new vulnerabilities detected in mobile operating systems. According to David Hall, Symantec’s Asia-Pacific consumer product marketing manager, they jumped from 115 in 2009 to 163 in 2010.

In an e-mail, Hall noted that smartphones have paved the way for a single communications device, adding that people forget that they are susceptible to hacks and data leakages.

“We can anticipate that these earlier threats will continue to evolve,” he said. “While these threats are limited and not likely to make significant inroads right away, their impact is likely to increase in the near future.”

That said, there are ways for smartphone owners to minimize impact from data loss when their handsets are lost or stolen. ZDNet Asia uncovers from insiders in the IT security industry 10 measures users can take to secure their smartphones.

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