Being safer when using mobile apps

From social networking to changing the channels on your TV, there are mobile apps for nearly everything you want to do. But when you install a mobile app, you need to exercise as much caution as when you download software for your computer.

No matter what kind of phone you have, install apps from a trusted source.

For a Windows Phone, you can only install apps from Marketplace. Doing so ensures that any app you install has been digitally signed, which helps reduce your risk and increase phone safety. A restrictive development policy is a major reason why the chief research officer of the security firm F-Secure gives the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system a high security rating.

For more mobile phone security tips, see Secure your smartphone.


About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    Stupid question.  I have Microsoft Security Essentials.  Does this system contain malware also?

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