Mobile was born with the consumer market in mind. As mobile has developed for consumer use over the past 20-something years, security hasn’t been much of a priority. Now, with a variety of different operating systems and millions of applications, security on mobiles has become a significant problem—especially in a corporate setting. Criminals know that by targeting an employee’s wireless device, they have a good chance of getting onto the corporate network.

The LastWatchdog.com reports, “New research…shows that an estimated one million high-risk Android applications will get introduced into corporate networks this year. Another recent study analyzed two million currently available Android apps, from both third parties and the Google Play store, classifying 293,091 as outright malicious and an additional 150,203 as high risk. When you factor in iOS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and…other mobile platforms, the IT landscape is no longer centered on securing an exclusively Windows-based ecosystem.”

Protect yourself (and your employer) by refraining from clicking links in text messages, emails or unfamiliar webpages displayed on your phone’s browser. Set your mobile phone to lock automatically and unlock only when you enter a PIN. Consider investing in a service that locates a lost phone, locks it and, if necessary, wipes the data as well as restores that data on a new phone. Keep your phone’s operating system updated with the latest patches and invest in antivirus protection for your phone.

Use a free VPN service such as Hotspot Shield VPN, to protect your entire web surfing session. Hotspot Shield secures your connection, no matter what kind of wireless you are using—whether you’re at home or in public, on wired or wireless internet. Hotspot Shield does this by ensuring that all web transactions are secured through HTTPS. It also offers an iPhone and Android version.

Robert Siciliano is an Identity Theft Expert to Hotspot Shield VPN. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen See him discussing internet and wireless security on Good Morning America. Disclosures.

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