In view of the increasing popularity of mobile devices, the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau (CSTCB) launched the second wave of the Cyber Security Campaign in early August to combat the associated cyber threats.
This wave of the campaign focuses on educating the general public to use their mobile devices in a responsible manner and to adopt effective defensive measures. On top of the computer cleaning tools provided by five international anti-virus software companies in the first wave of the campaign last year, the companies would offer mobile device scanning tools for both Android and iOS operating systems for downloading by the public.
To enhance public awareness of mobile device security, Senior Superintendent of CSTCB Law Yuet-wing gave a media briefing at the Police Headquarters on August 2 together with other responsible officers and a representative of an anti-virus software company. They shared with the media the latest trends in mobile device security, cited typical cases and introduced the second wave of the campaign. Mr Law reminded members of the public not to click on suspicious hyperlinks or download applications from unreliable sources, and to install anti-virus software on mobile devices.
The first wave of the campaign was launched in June last year to combat security threats posed by botnets. Five anti-virus software companies provided members of the public with free tools to remove malware from computers, whereas CSTCB organised a series of publicity and education activities. The campaign achieved remarkable results, with its designated website recording over 650 000 visits. The related computer cleaning tools have been downloaded for over 230 000 times with more than 430 000 malware threats removed.
For details about the campaign or ways to download the related tools, please visit: (www.cybersecuritycampaign.com.hk).