Is Your Phone Really More Secure Than Your PC?
According to Stat Counter, more than half of people worldwide access the internet using mobile devices, while only 49 percent do so using computers. The figures are similar in the US, from a total of 7.8 trillion-plus page views annually, more than 53 percent of web traffic comes from mobile devices.
There are a number of reasons as to why these figures hold true, including the fact that mobile devices are extremely convenient, especially when we’re on the go throughout the day.
While this convenience makes things like surfing the web, paying bills, and using credit cards (Apple Pay, Venmo, PayPal, etc.) easier than ever, it’s important that we ask ourselves: “Just how secure are our mobile devices, and are they actually more secure than my PC?”
The answer to this question is not as cut and dry as you may want it to be. When Windows was first created, it was developed to be a standalone device– it wasn’t meant to connect to the Internet. So the moment we all became connected, PC operating systems had inherent security holes.
That’s where anti-virus software comes into the mix, along with firewalls and secure web infrastructures that have been strategically innovated to protect sensitive data. Also, a unique independent service, offered by Solve iQ, can keep you protected and productive by optimizing the PC features that you use and defend you from unwanted apps and malware that slow your systems down and make them vulnerable.
More on this in a bit, but let’s first debunk and clarify some misconceptions about both mobile devices and PCs.
Fact Versus Fiction
The belief that desktops are far less secure than phones is fueled by the fact that many of us have experienced the horrors of malware, phishing scams, and more. Plus, there are computer viruses that have proven to slow down and even wreck our computers.
It’s also easy to assume our mobile devices are a more secure way to accomplish our daily tasks and goals because they are made for a connected world. However, as the years have progressed, some of us have begun to fall prey to a growing number of vulnerabilities that come with our cell phones like data leaks, unsecured WiFi, network spoofing, phishing attacks, SMiShing, and more.
Since we’re all prone to having our devices compromised, we must keep human error in mind. All it takes is failing to update, clicking on a phishing link that’s randomly sent via a text message, or failing to set the right privacy policies (which can open the door to outside parties to steal your data and even listen in on your calls).
Does This Mean Computers Are in Fact More Secure?
The answer is that it really depends on you. It’s all about the actions we all take to make sure our devices are secure. Where mobile devices are concerned, the dangers are growing and there aren’t as many safeguards as you may wish. Business Insider has outlined a great set of guidelines for you to follow for best practices. Click here to read.
Yes, computers still have vulnerabilities, but the right tools like anti-virus software and independent services can both alert and protect you from costly vulnerabilities. Solve iQ offers a highly cost-effective and powerful service that helps safeguard your PC against these threast.
On the PC side of things, there are some pretty powerful tools and services that can further protect you when dealing with your highly sensitive data and information. As mentioned prior, Solve iQ is an independent service that works to optimize the apps you rely on most and alerts you when you’re being tempted to download or use apps that will slow your system down.
The Best Scenario
If you’re reading this post, it’s probably safe to say you use both a mobile device and a PC (or at least you’re considering purchasing a PC). The key to your success and security is to learn how best to secure both devices, as there are dangers associated with both of them.
When dealing with highly sensitive personal information that you fear being stolen and the overall health of your PC, it’s highly recommended you do everything you can to gain protection. Solve iQ can do just that and more— it is an all-in-one security, protection, optimization, file-decluttering, tech support, and driver-updating application that you can easily download on your PC. Experience peace of mind knowing Solve iQ has your back by downloading today.