Every person who owns a smartphone is at risk for a privacy breach.

In cases that range from harmless pranks such as hacking into a Facebook account, to stealing funds through the retrieval of bank accounts, hackers view every online account and mobile device as an opportunity to breach security for their own self-interest.

Whether they’re hacking for the thrill of the kill or with the intent to steal personal identities, classified information, money or any other type of equity, hackers are actively searching for any and all vulnerabilities.

In 2014, according to the 2014 Year of Mega Breaches & Identity Theft Report by Breach Level Index, the record-breaking number of mobile security breaches reached 1,023,108,267 breached mobile phones. Personal phone holders aren’t the only victims in mobile security breaches.

Personal phone holders aren’t the only victims in mobile security breaches.Businesses and their customers are also put at risk when company employees access work documents and classified information from their phone.   According to the 2015 Cyber Defense Report, IT’s stated that the #1 weakest security link is mobile devices, followed closely by social media. On that same study, mobile devices are 25% more likely to expose both personal and corporate data to a network attack on any given month.

According to the 2015 Cyber Defense Report, IT’s stated that the #1 weakest security link is mobile devices, followed closely by social media. On that same study, mobile devices are 25% more likely to expose both personal and corporate data to a network attack on any given month.

While many people know the amount of valuable information that is stored on their smartphones, a majority of people aren’t fully aware of basic security tactics and common ways that hackers try to gain access.  Consumer Report conducted a nationwide survey in 2014 and found that 34% of all smartphone owners failed to follow any basic mobile security practices. Either out of naiveté or lack of knowledge, more than a quarter of

Either out of naiveté or lack of knowledge, more than a quarter of smart phone holders are at risk and easy targets.

Protect your private information and check out Macate’s Mobile Security 101 infographic below, and learn the mobile security basics.

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