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3 Ways to Keep Cell Phone Hackers at Bay

We protect our house with keys and an alarm system, our banking with passwords and pin numbers, and our computers with spam and virus filters, so why do we leave our cell phones open and exposed? Celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Prince William, and Blake Lively are just a few unlucky victims of cell phone hacking. Since we increasingly put more personal information on our phones, including photos, emails, current location, and finances, you might want to consider downloading these services to protect your cell phone from malicious hackers. See how to protect your phone.

  • McAfee VirusScan Mobile — Protects against viruses, worms, spyware Trojan horses, and battery-exhausting malware. In addition, it offers security for email, instant message, and Internet downloads.
  • Lookout — An award-winning mobile security service for Android, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry to scan and detect viruses, malware, and spyware. Lookout also acts as a backup system to restore data.
  • Norton Mobile Security — Offers protection against cell phone loss, theft, and malware for Android.

In addition to these, AT&T is working with Juniper Networks to release an anti-virus and antimalware app for mobile phones, especially for Android, BlackBerry, and Windows phones. The scheduled release is for 2012.

While iPhones tend to be safer than Android phones, mostly because Apple manually reviews every app before uploading it to the app store, iPhone users aren't out of the clear. As people start to use their phones as a wallet and way to manage their money, iPhone hackers will start to creep up. Do you plan on investing in mobile protection, or do you think that its unlikely that your phone will be hacked into?

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