Women Love Smartphones

We’re not going to bore you with an effusive discussion about selfless Mothers this week. As much as we love them, mothers are women first so, instead, with all due respect to mom, we want to talk about women’s growing fondness of smartphones.

A recent survey showed women inching up past men in the smartphone-owning category. Chances are your own mom has a smartphone. Whether she’s a young stay-at-home mom, a mid-life professional or a retired grandparent, women love the conveniences afforded by smartphones.

In 2010, a UK survey showed that 63% of men owned smartphone, as opposed to women, whose ownership percentage was then 37%. Now, in 2013, that balance has changed. The same survey now shows women claiming 58% of the smartphone pie, while men follow with 42%.

Clearly, women have jumped onto the cell phone bandwagon in greater numbers as the technology became just too good to resist. Larger screens, super cameras and easy interfaces have made the smartphone a factor in women’s lives more than ever. The advances in kid-tracking apps and practical tools for just about every function of daily life have boosted women’s interest in smartphones considerably, not to mention the plethora of business and learning apps. With the huge workload most moms carry, a smartphone is a welcome addition to the family.

Do your mom a favor this Mother’s Day. If you’re far away, give her a call. If she doesn’t have a smartphone, get her one. While she lounges on the beach, arranges those roses or leisurely works on that five-course gourmet meal you’ve cooked for her, offer to do a little maintenance and checkup on her new phone, or the one she already owns.

While you’re making sure all the updates have been downloaded and her settings are all in good order, go ahead and download a strong mobile security product to keep her phone safe from malware, and to protect her privacy. She protected you for years – maybe it’s your turn. Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful women in your life.

The Worst Passwords Ever – Are Yours Here?

In honor of Password Day, we decided to revisit our popular blog post from last year about passwords. As relevant today as it was then, this list of hackers’ favorite passwords may surprise you.

25 mobile passwords hackers love

We’ve all read hundreds of password-setting tips. Most of us know the rules and we’re pretty savvy about using clever combinations to safeguard our mobile privacy. However, Splash-Data, a password management company, published a list of the worst passwords ever and, astonishingly, some of them look all too familiar!

The list came from files posted online by hackers listing passwords theyd stolen in 2011. These words are considered easy targets and, while some of them might seem obscure enough, they’re  well-known to cyber criminals, and are a breeze to hack.

Introducing, the worst passwords ever

·      password

·      123456

·      12345678

·      qwerty

·      abc123

·      monkey

·      1234567

·      letmein

·      trustno1

·      dragon

·      baseball

·      111111

·      iloveyou

·      master

·      sunshine

·      ashley

·      bailey

·      passw0rd

·      shadow

·      123123

·      654321

·      superman

·      qazwsx

·      michael

·      football

If you’re wondering about qwerty and qazwsx, take a good look at your computer’s keyboard.

We can only guess why certain names come up often enough to be on this list, but if you have a family member named AshleyBailey or Michael, this is fair warning.

In fact, avoiding every word on this list is a good start toward true mobile protection. Make your passwords long, strange, mixed up with symbols, and meaningful to no one but yourself.

Keep Learning

Awareness of mobile security practices is evolving in our communities, but each of us can take individual steps toward our own safety and privacy. Information like this list needs to be shared so we can stop cyber-crime in its tracks.

We at NQ Mobile can’t help you choose a password, but we can protect you from hacking, viruses and all forms of malware. One easy download will go a long distance in protecting your family’s mobile devices as well as your peace of mind. Award-winning NQ Mobile Security is still the best on the market – and it’s free.  Visit us today.

Mobile Privacy Precautions

In some parts of the world it’s Privacy Awareness Week.  Initiated in Australia, it’s a time when people stop to take a more careful look into privacy issues, especially those involving digital communications.

Privacy Awareness Week’s a good reminder for all of us to consider how much of our privacy’s been absconded by the digital age, and decide whether we can live with it or not.  An article in the New York Times last week describes a woman who was identified by advertisers as an MS patient, simply because the year before she had done some online research on MS and various other diseases.  Now, labeled as an MS patient, the woman wonders whether this could affect her ability to qualify for health insurance at some point in the future, in addition to other unknown scenarios.  Is this a valid concern?  It certainly is!

Is it too late?

The woman who was targeted as an MS patient is all too familiar. How many times have you looked up something online and been bombarded with advertising about that specific thing, or even related topics? It happens constantly, every single day. Even writing an email to your mom about your dog results in Google showing you ads for flea medicine and doggie jackets.  Have you ever done an Internet search on your own name? It may be surprising what the world’s been allowed to know about you.

In the big picture, it’s probably too late to go backward. We can’t return to the good old days when what we viewed or shared online was our own business.  But there are a few things we can do to improve our personal privacy status when it comes to our mobile devices. We’ve shared them before, and share them again in honor of Privacy Awareness Week.


  • Passwords:  Passwords should be based on something obscure, like the initials of a favorite quote or personal mantra. Incorporate at least one special character, at least one number, and don’t use the name of your pets, kids, street name, company name or any other easy-to-guess word associated with you. Make sure to change your password frequently.
  • Updates:  Download security updates when you’re prompted. Keep your phone current.
  • Phone lock:  Keep the phone on a short leash with an auto-lock that will kick in after just a few minutes. If you leave your table to get a coffee, it won’t be vulnerable to prying eyes.
  • Social Networking:  Don’t overshare – be careful not to post addresses, phone numbers or information about vacations, family or other tips for potential identity thieves, stalkers or bullies. Checking-in may be fun for your friends, but it also tells stalkers and other predators where you are. Forego it, if you can.
  • System:  Keep your phone clean by deleting any data that doesn’t need to be there.
  • Notices: If you receive an urgent message from a bank or financial institution, do not click on it or provide any of the requested information. These flash messages often want you to think your account’s in jeopardy and that you need to re-enter your private data.  It isn’t, you don’t – and you shouldn’t.
  • Permissions:  Learn to read permission agreements, end-user license agreements and terms of service agreements to make sure you’re not giving away private data when downloading new apps. And while you’re at it, teach your kids what to look for.
  • Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi hotspots are often an easy target for cybercriminals. Make sure you’re working within a secured network. Hotels, coffee shops and malls are often the worst places to go online. Merchants don’t always provide super-tight WiFi security because they don’t want to require passwords, and they want to accommodate every kind of device. Besides, a good cyber-criminal knows how to break most Wi-Fi systems.
  • Security: Always use a strong mobile security product to keep out the viruses, malware and fraudulent demons that tend to slip into your phone’s system when you do a lot of web surfing.
  • When you dispose of a phone, be sure it’s wiped clean of all data.

Share your thoughts and ideas about privacy here on our blog, or talk to us on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you.

Catch Up With the Latest News from NQ Mobile’s Research Team

Around the globe, NQ Mobile’s team of security professionals are taking the pulse of the mobile landscape every day. They report back all the good news – like, about how we consumers are doing better at protecting our mobile devices – and sometimes they have some less-than-pleasant news to report. Unfortunately, that’s the kind of news they have for us this week.Malware discoveries by year

Our researchers are noticing an increase in skilled hackers partnering up with criminals by selling them data that they’ve stolen. In turn, cybercriminals are using the info they purchase to get access to the finances of consumers like you and me. They use tricky methods that, in the mobile business, are called “social engineering.” In simple terms, they manipulate unwitting consumers into giving up their valuable confidential information.

Tremendous growth, worldwide

Our professionals estimate that more than 10 million devices have already been infected in the first quarter of this year!  Here are some of their key findings:

  • Over 32.8 million Android devices were infected in 2012 vs. 10.8 million in 2011 – a whopping increase of over 200 percent
  • The top five markets for infected mobile devices were China (25.5%), India (19.4%), Russia (17.9%), United States (9.8%) and Saudi Arabia (9.6%)
  • 65% of malware discovered in 2012 falls into a broader category of Potentially Unwanted Programs (or PUPs). PUPs include root exploits, spyware, pervasive adware and Trojans (surveillance hacks)
  • 28% of mobile malware discovered in 2012 was designed to collect and profit from a user’s personal data
  • 7% of malware was simply designed to make a user’s device stop working (i.e., “bricking” their phones)

Our Co-CEO, Omar Khan, said “The security industry’s ‘discover-first-and-inoculate-second’ strategy is no longer enough,” said Omar Khan , Co-CEO, NQ Mobile. “We need smarter systems that can discover threats before they infect consumers as well as more education so consumers can better spot and avoid these new mobile scams.”

What we can do as consumers

The very first step we can take is to make sure we have the strongest mobile security Global infection ratesproduct available on our mobile devices. When purchasing a new phone or tablet, make this your first priority. If you already own mobile devices, take a moment to get them protected from all the viruses, scams and malware that have the potential to invade your privacy and steal your assets.

Cyber criminals get trickier every day. As consumers, we need to get ahead of them and become a cohesive force to thwart their illegal activities. Cyber crime is no joke. Don’t wait until it happens to you. No one’s exempt. Protect the privacy and well-being of your family and business as a first priority.

Read our news release for more information.

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