Don't be a victim, hack-proof your phone

Tech Corner

POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 8:49pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 6:27pm

According to Internet security giant Mcafee, the newest target for hackers in the new year, is your cell phone, tablet, and other mobile devices.

"If you have something you don't want the world to share, you shouldn't have it on your phone," said Josh Henderson, a computer expert at Computer Heaven in Baton Rouge.

Henderson said stealing personal information from your phone is easy. Even having your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth device turned on in public is all it takes.

"You can be in the room with somebody, not using it [your phone]," said Henderson. "With no password, they can get in your files, pictures, text, emails, anything like that."

Henderson said the best defense against hackers is to have a strong password with at least eight characters, upper and lower case letters, and numbers.

The common mistake is people using easy-to-crack passwords -- like a child or pet's name -- that can be found on social media sites.

"There is software to go through Facebook and pull out information that might be a password and automatically try to get in," said Henderson. "Less than 60 seconds to run and it will try hundreds of passwords."

Computer Heaven has free software on their Web page to check the security on your personal devices. Just click here to be directed to their page.

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