[Security] Mobile Internet - How safe is it?

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Mobile internet
As technology advances, so too do the ways in which we can access the internet. It seems an age since that clunky dial tone as the computer connected to dial up internet, isn't it? Many of our computers and laptops aren't even connected physically to the internet anymore; instead taking advantage of the wonders of wireless. Similarly, mobile devices are now able to connect to the net no matter where we are or what we’re doing - whether via a wireless connection, mobile internet provider, or 3G. We can also do more and more things on our mobile devices, including making payments, accessing bank accounts, and even playing online poker.

Here, of course, is where a concern arises as people begin to worry about the safety of a mobile internet connection. This is an understandable reaction; we often fear new things and security is a major concern, especially when it comes to financial information. However, if you think back then you may realize that we had these same concerns when the internet first came on the scene. Buying things online, entering our credit card details, accessing our bank accounts, these would all have seemed like terribly dangerous prospects only a matter of years ago! Yet now exchanging and managing finances online is an everyday activity.

In a few years time, it’s likely that mobile banking and financial management will be viewed the same way. If you take the time to do the research, you’ll find that there are many security measures in place to protect financial information that is input via a mobile device. Of course, there are risks should you fail to take proper precautions - make sure no one is looking over your shoulder, only input your information into an app or website that you know is secure (look for logos or security assurances), and always keep an eye on your bank statement so that you quickly notice any abnormalities.

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