As an iPhone user, whenever I install and update to my iOS or get a new phone, one of the first things I do is immediately start looking over the security features of my phone. As a mobile marketer, I’ve been paying even more attention to my iPhone security (Ha, sorta.). In its on-going push to improve mobile safety and security, the FCC today launched a new online tool to help consumers protect their mobile devices.
Note: For you mobile marketers not familiar with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) they regulate interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. For your affiliate and performance marketers, they are the equivalent of the FTC. Nuff said.
The new site allows users to pick their platform (Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows) and provides the user with a list of security and safety tips that range from how to remotely wipe a phone to the proper steps for safe recycling of a mobile device. The online tool is a product of the FCC’s collaboration with smartphone security experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,the FTC, The National Cyber Security Alliance, CTIA, Lookout, and other public and private sector partners on these mobile security best practices.
Consumers can access the “Smartphone Security Checker” for free here Also available, a general smartphone security checklist (PDF).
Tip: This tool is designed to help the many smartphone owners who aren’t protected against mobile security threats. To use this tool, choose your mobile operating system and then follow the 10 customized steps to secure your mobile device. Don’t worry, it’s simple super.