In 2013, it is estimated that more than 1.2 billion mobile devices will be purchased, surpassing PCs as the most common device used to access the Internet in the world. In addition to browsing, people are also using mobile devices for banking and shopping which is leading to more cybercrimes targeting smartphones and tablets. In fact, a recent study reported that the frequency of mobile threats doubled between 2010 and 2011, according to Symantec, and 35 percent of online adults worldwide have either lost or had their mobile device stolen, exposing them to data and identity theft.
To help protect customers from mobile fraud, Comcast has launched Constant Guard Mobile, a free app for Xfinity Internet customers offering an Internet safety and security solution for mobile devices. It provides features to help users browse, shop and bank securely while on-the-go.
Here’s how it works: The mobile app directly connects customers to the IP address of all major financial and banking sites in the United States. This helps limit redirect attempts and man-in-the-middle attacks that can result in stolen personal data that can lead to identity theft. In addition, Constant Guard Mobile features Constant Guard Safe Search, which evaluates websites and checks them for spam and bots and provides a safety score for the site. When using the web browser on Constant Guard Mobile, customers will be alerted if a site is considered risky before they click on it.
Today the app is available for iOS devices only with plans to launch a version for Android in the coming months.
Download from the app store now by searching for Constant Guard Mobile and providing your Xfinity user name and password.