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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mobile Phone Security and Giveaway

Brought to you by the folks at Intel
In the old days of computing, the biggest barrier to someone getting access to your data was physical. If someone couldn't get into your house / apartment, they couldn't get access to your system, and thus your data on the system was protected. To get on the Internet, you needed to use a modem, and the only time your data was exposed was the limited amount of time you were online.

Jump forward a decade or so, and nowadays everything is online, in the cloud and all computers are practically always connected to the Internet. Even your phone. How well is your phone protected?

What would happen if you were to lose your phone? Do you have the phone at least protected by a PIN or other access control method like biometrics? If not, what could someone access on your phone without that minimum level of protection?

Bad PIN selection

At a minimum, access to email and pictures is typically available on a phone once someone gets past the initial access control, if one exists. And as shown above, picking a PIN like 0000 is like having a password of password. Not protecting you well at all. Your contact list / address book is also typically wide open once past the initial access control. Whoever stole your device now knows where you live, has pictures of your kids, and can contact all your contacts, pretend to be you, and scam them out of money. Generally speaking, wreak havoc on your life. Without at least a passcode, take a look at what might be exposed at Intel Digital Security.
McAfee LiveSafe Service

Intel provides a level of protection for you through their McAfee LiveSafe service.

Not only does it provide you with your typical anti-virus scanning, but it also provides remote device wiping, a call blocker and a spam SMS message checker, as well as a lost device tracker. With McAfee LiveSafe, your online exposure is more limited, and more controlled.

Protect Your Phone. If you don't already have one setup, add a PIN, and not the Pinterest kind.

Now don't miss out on their Crack the Pin to Win giveaway, too. They're giving away 40 $5 Starbucks gift cards, 15 McAfee LiveSafe subscriptions, and a Galaxy Tab. The giveaway is open through March 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM PST.


  1. shared n tweeted.. would love to win this.. sure need an extra security these days that's for sure