Safe Searching on Your Mobile Device
The web and especially the mobile web can be a minefield of malicious links luring you to click, so bad guys can infect your device. Search engines do their best to filter these sites out but nefarious criminals have found ways to get their scammy pages to the top of search through a process called “Blackhat search engine optimization.”
Criminals create fake websites and then use the same techniques as legitimate online businesses regarding search engine optimization, marketing, and online advertising. They use keywords to boost rankings on Internet search engines, causing their spoofed websites to appear alongside legitimate websites.
It is also much harder to tell if a URL is legitimate since due to the limited screen space, mobile browsers often truncate web addresses. Also, if you’re clicking on a link to a site from an email you received, it’s hard to see the full email sender’s email address making it hard for you to know if it’s coming from a fake person or company.
That’s why going it alone in search isn’t a good idea. Just like it is essential to have antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing and a firewall on your PC, it is equally essential to have protection on your mobile. McAfee Mobile Security provides comprehensive mobile security that includes antivirus, anti-theft, app protection, web protection and call and text filtering.
Web protection comes with McAfee Mobile Security and protects you from potential phishing sites, browser exploits, malicious links within text messages, email, social networking sites, and QR codes. WithMcAfee blocking risky links at the places you visit, you now can click, search and surf worry free. These site ratings are based on tests conducted by McAfee using an army of computers that look for all kinds of threats. ―
To help yourself stay protected you should:
- Always double-check the web address of a site when doing a search on your mobile phone
- Never click on a link in an unsolicited email or text message
- If you land on a site that contains poor grammar, misspellings, and low-resolution pictures be
- Rather than doing a search for your bank’s website, type in the correct address to avoid running
into any phony sites, or use your bank’s official app
- Monitor your monthly bills to make sure there are no suspicious charges
- Use comprehensive mobile security like McAfee Mobile Security
Of course, just using common sense and taking the time to closely check the links and messages you receive will go a long way in increasing your mobile security. Remember, if something doesn’t feel right proceed with caution.
Robert Siciliano is an Online Security Evangelist to McAfee. Watch him discussing information he found on used electronic devices YouTube. (Disclosures)