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It’s official; smart, mobile technology is on the rise, and is predicted to overtake the sale of PCs by the end of 2013. In the most recent Gartner report, it has been suggested that 2013 will become the year of the tablets, with a rise of 67.9% in shipments globally.

Likewise, mobile phone sales have also predicted to continue to rise, with an expected growth of 4.3%. Meanwhile, PCs are slowly becoming less popular, with a decline of 10.6% expected by the end of 2013.

The research vice president of Gartner, Carolina Milanesi, has suggested it is the ease of use which is making smart devices so popular: “Consumers want anytime-anywhere computing that allows them to consumer and create content with ease, but also share and access that content from a different portfolio of products.”

Rise in attacks

With an increased volume of smart devices shipped globally, cyber-attackers have their sights set on these devices to attain information from the users. Android has been heavily targeted, which has led to Symantec to “revamp” their Norton Mobile Security as a reaction against the onslaught.

Scanning 10,000 apps every 24 hours, the software has already found 300,000 malicious apps to date, which aim to leak personal information such as credit details and call logs. Given the ability for devices to connect across one another, this can be very dangerous indeed.

To keep smart devices safe, mobile protection tips have been offered by experts who make it simple to keep all of your smart devices as well protected as a PC.

Staying safe online

The first step to take is to ensure that the smart device you choose comes from a reputable company. By ensuring the logo and company name is one you can trust, simply choose one you recognise. This will also come with an IMEB number, which can vouch for your phones credibility.

Meanwhile, it’s important to keep an eye on your Bluetooth. Often attacks will come via this software and so if you simply only keep it switched on when you’re actually using it, you can avoid any nasty incidents.

Perhaps the most important step to take is to ensure your devices are fitted with anti-virus software. This can then scan your phone or tablet on a regular basis to ensure nothing suspicious or harmful is leaking your personal information.As devices including smart phones, tablets and PCs are often connected within one another; anti-virus software now often covers all of these devices.