Scam of the day – March 17, 2014 – 4G phone systems vulnerable to hackers

Faster smart phone service is a selling point for today’s smart phones.  The new 4G technology can be up to 100 times faster than 3G networks and that sounds like a good thing.  And it is.  For both you and hackers because 4G technology which is also known as LTE technology was specifically designed to provide the fast sending and receiving of data; it was not designed for security purposes.   3G networks use a SS7 protocol for sending signals.  This protocol is difficult to hack, while LTE networks are faster and can handle more traffic than SS7 networks, but are easier to hack.

TIPS

Until, 4G networks are made safer, you may wish to stay with a 3G network for more secure use of your smart phone.  Regardless of what network you use, you should make sure that you have installed good anti-virus software and anti-malware software as well as encryption software.  Also, make sure that you keep your security software constantly updated with the latest patches.   When choosing a new phone, always do your research as to which phone will provide you with the best security.