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    Mobile security involves protecting both personal and business information stored on and transmitted from smartphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices. The term mobile security is a broad one that covers everything from protecting mobile devices from malware threats to reducing risks and securing mobile devices and their data in the case of theft, unauthorized access or accidental loss of the mobile device.

    User Authentication Methods for Mobile Security

    Mobile security also refers to the means by which a mobile device can authenticate users and protect or restrict access to data stored on the device through the use of passwords, personal identification numbers (PINs), pattern screen locks or more advanced forms of authentication such as fingerprint readers, eye scanners and other forms of biometric readers.

    Mobile security solutions and apps are available from a wide array of vendors for all of the popular mobile operating systems, including iOS for iPhones and iPads, Google s Android platform and Microsoft s Windows Phone.

    Mobile security is closely related to mobile device management (MDM), which is a term that specifically applies to protecting mobile devices in the enterprise or business environments from loss or theft, as well as protecting the data on these devices.

    Related Terms: mobile device management, mobile security apps, Android mobile security, iPhone mobile security, mobile security threats