How Secure is Mobile Broadband?

Jean Dennison
March 22, 2017
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One of the biggest concerns that we all have these days is about our data. Making sure your information is secure is as important to us as keeping our homes safe from intruders and burglars.

With more people logging onto the internet using smartphones and tablets as much as desktop devices, it comes as no surprise that there is so much concern about security.

We use mobile data everywhere – we use it for online shops, social media, business emails and so much more. So with a lot of our information being sent through the internet, just how secure is mobile broadband?

The good news is that it’s pretty safe. That’s not to say that your mobile connection is completely secure, but it certainly has benefits over using WiFi connections.

We use mobile broadband for data that is used through our mobile provider’s network. It is a fantastic solution when out and about, especially in places where public WiFi is inaccessible, for instance while on a bus or somewhere out in the sticks.

Mobile data is secured using three encoded layers: one built into the mobile, one through the mobile site, and one through the network itself. As a result, there are millions of encoding lines that make it very difficult to crack, creating a very secure experience for anyone using mobile data.

That doesn’t mean that it can’t be cracked – most mobile networking hardware is quite old, meaning that encryption isn’t full proof. However, the plus side is that you can only break into encrypted mobile networks using specialist hardware that costs a fair bit of money. WiFi connections are much easier to crack into, so the chances that a hacker is going to target your mobile broadband before going for the easier option is very slim.

If you’re worried about your data being accessed through a mobile connection, you should always be vigilant and take precautions in protecting your information from potential hackers. Whenever using online services, make sure the websites have SSL certificates, meaning that they have extra encryption that will keep your personal data safe.

This is often signified by the “https://” at the start of the URL, instead of “http://”. Most mobile adaptive websites will now have this extra layer of security. These type of connections are safe no matter where you use them, giving you that peace of mind no matter where in the world you are.

In reality, though, you can have faith in your mobile connection and the security it can offer to your data. The risks are minimum compared to a basic WiFi connection and unless you know an absolute reason someone would be targeting your data, you can sleep comfortably knowing your information is safe and secure.

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