FCC launches Smartphone security tools
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has developed a Smartphone Security Checker, a new tool from the FCC designed to help consumers protect their mobile devices from viruses and other threats. The tool was developed in conjunction with a number of companies including DHS, NCSA, FTC, CTIA, Lookout, BlackBerry, Chertoff Group, Sophos, McAfee and Symantec. The online tool, offers smartphone owners customized security based on their phones or gadgets operating system like iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8.The checker is expected to help US consumers protect themselves from the growing risk of viruses, malware, suspicious apps and even mobile device theft.
FCC motivation to do so was because the majority of smartphone owners in US admit they have no idea how to protect themselves from mobile security threats.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “With less than half of smartphone owners using passwords to protect their devices, this new tool will be of particular value to millions of Americans. The holiday gift-giving season is a perfect time to remind consumers to take simple steps, like setting a password, to protect themselves from mobile security threats.Estimates shows that there are nearly 120 million active smartphone users in the US and that as many as close to 20 million consumers will receive a smartphone as a gift during the holiday season.Smartphone Security Checker couldn’t have come at a better time that this. The system incorporates best practices on how to set pins and passwords, helps users identify the best security apps.It also instructs how to securely back up content and identify secure and non-secure wi-fi connections.