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Star-Telegram Warns of Mobile Device Security Threats

The Star-telegram provides great tips on how to protect your smartphone from spam and more dangerous hacks in it’s recent article, Mobile devices are new frontier for identity theft.

PrivacyStar was quoted to be “the app that helps the consumer fight back…”

PrivacyStar announced this week that its subscribers have filed more than 200,000 complaints with the Federal Trade Commission through its app service for Android and Blackberry smartphones.

“If someone gets a call they view as a violation of the Do Not Call list, they can touch a screen, categorize a complaint and file it,” said Brad Blaken, spokesman for the Conway, Ark.-based company. “The FCC actually asked us to expand our categories in order to help them.”

The company encourages cellphone users to register with the FCC on its Do Not Call list, an action previously used mostly for land lines.

“There’s less of a distinction between land line and mobile,” Blaken said. In addition to eliminating a land line, many consumers are using their cellphone numbers when registering for an online service or buying a product — furthering their reach into ID thief hands.

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