Dec. 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM ET
The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday made a free online tool available to smartphone users to make them smarter when it comes to security on their devices.
A Smartphone Security Checker for users of Apple's iOS, Google Android, BlackBerry and Windows phones takes consumers through a 10-step security checklist tailored to their smartphone's operating system.
"With less than half of smartphone owners using passwords to protect their devices, this new tool will be of particular value to millions of Americans," said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in a statement.
With nearly half of Americans now owning a smartphone, nearly 20 percent have been the victim of mobile cybercrime — including phishing attempts for your personal and financial information — the FCC estimates.
Among the steps you can take by using the checker:
The FCC worked together with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission, CTIA wireless trade organization, National Cyber Security Alliance and mobile security companies Lookout, Sophos and others to develop the checklist.