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Being safer when using mobile apps

Being safer when using mobile apps

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From social networking to changing the channels on your TV, there are mobile apps for nearly everything you want to do. But when you install a mobile app, you need to exercise as much caution as when you download software for your computer.

No matter what kind of phone you have, install apps from a trusted source.

For a Windows Phone, you can only install apps from Marketplace. Doing so ensures that any app you install has been digitally signed, which helps reduce your risk and increase phone safety. A restrictive development policy is a major reason why the chief research officer of the security firm F-Secure gives the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system a high security rating.

For more mobile phone security tips, see Secure your smartphone.


  • Stupid question.  I have Microsoft Security Essentials.  Does this system contain malware also?

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