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How Mobile Security Works

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Is Mobile Security Necessary?

Mobile security is as critical as the PIN number on your ATM card or the lock on your front door. The sad truth is that there are people in this world who will exploit any security vulnerability if there's money behind the door. As mobile devices become mobile wallets, we are already seeing the rise of virtual pickpockets.

The good news is that, at least for the moment, mobile security is staying ahead of the hackers. The Internet has been widely used for 15 years, and over that time, computer security researchers and companies have devised a set of strong standards for locking out attackers. Most of these same standards have already been applied to mobile devices and data networks.

Even with mobile security standards like encryption and passcodes, mobile device users need to be aware of common mobile security threats and how to defend themselves. Keep reading for a rundown of the major mobile security threats and alerts.