POSTED: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 3:41pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 10:19am
EL PASO - Chances are you've done it. By now most of us have used a mobile device to access online banking or pay our bills.
"It's convenient and it fits in you pocket. You can check it in 5 minutes,” said Agustin Barajas. “You don't have to open your computer to get online anymore."
James Showery agreed. He uses his smart phone for anything from email to banking.
“It's just too easy. Why get on a computer when you can access it at any time," he said.
But according to Silicon Valley security company McAfee, mobile devices will be the number one target for hackers in 2012.
"Mobile devices are far behind where PCs are from a security perspective," said Gary Davis.
Davis works for McAfee and says hackers will take advantage of that lack of security to get viruses into your phone and tablet and try to steal your personal data.
"They can put it into your device, and while you're doing a banking transaction, it could step in, capture the transaction, then take control of your bank and drain all of your money."
And that doesn't sit well with the El Pasoans we spoke to.
"I think I'll be a little more vigilant about opening up emails or attachments that I'm not familiar with," said Showery.
This New Year they say they'll be extra cautious from now on when using their phones to access sensitive information on line.
“I guess I'll just be cautious about the internet providers that you use and know if that internet is safe or not,” said Barajas.
The advice we're hearing about protecting yourself? Treat your mobile device like your home computer. Update your virus-fighting software, and be wary of emails, tweets, and other links that are from unfamiliar places.