Don’t get clickjacked on your mobile phone

With the holiday season upon us, many people anticipate that they will get slick, new smartphones that let them access the internet on the go. Mobile phones have really come a long way in the past few years. Just think, little more than 15 years ago people walked around with huge cell phones that could barely make phone calls. Today, we download movies and watch them from our mobile devices.

The advances in technology are pretty awesome, but they come with a few security threats. New smartphone owners are at the greatest risk of falling for clickjacking schemes. The combination of excitement and ignorance sets them up as victims.

Android phones have taken a step forward with touch filtering technology that will help prevent clickjack attacks. In the long run, though, we all know that hackers are just going to figure out a way to circumvent Android’s security. Within a few months, we’ll be right back where we are now. The most naive of us will continue clicking on every links that promises risque videos or unbelievable (i.e., untrue) facts.

There are a few things that you can do to protect yourself.

  • Always check the URL of a link before you click on it. If the link does not display its destination, then avoid it. Likewise if it seems suspicious.
  • Keep your operating system updated to take advantage of the latest security apps.
  • Avoid links that offer free gift cards, even if an annoying voice tells you that you’re today’s big winner. No, especially if it tells you that you’re the big winner.
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