Mobile Broadband Security

Mobile Broadband has become the widely used means of internet connection in the recent days. Internet security has not just been a concern with mobile broadband but with every source of internet. Users are concerned about hackers, virus and spyware, child abuse, identity theft and other threats on the internet. Expert research and development of internet connection has not only improved the speed and reliability but have improved the security features as well.


We would like to focus on the myths and doubts about the security of mobile broadband and the ways to overcome these threats.

What are the mobile broadband security issues?

  1. The first concern about mobile broadband for any user would be the size of the modem. Since the USB modem is very compact, users might have a fear of loss or theft.
  2. Most of the users are afraid that all wireless connections are vulnerable to hacking.
  3. Since the USB modem does not require any manual installation, users are afraid that anyone can use it without their knowledge which might shoot up their bills.
  4. Also users are not clear about the type of security software and firewall that can be installed while using a mobile broadband

How secure is Mobile Broadband?

Security against theft

  1. In case of loss or theft of a mobile broadband modem users are advised to contact the operator immediately and cancel or suspend the connection to avoid others from using it.
  2. All the USB modems have a unique IMEI number that can be provided to the operator for tracking the device.
  3. Users can also apply for a mobile broadband insurance which can help to claim new devices if damaged or lost.

Security against unauthorized usage

  1. The USB modems do not require any manual installation of the connectivity software which can be harmful as anyone could use the modems in their computers without the knowledge of the actual owner. To avoid this all the modems have a software lock that can be set to prevent unauthorized access of the dongle.

Security against Hacking

  1. Normally the ISP’s assign an IP address to every customer which will help them to access the internet with a unique identity. This can help the hackers to peep in to their network. To avoid this issue mobile broadband modems are assigned with a local IP address. These modems work behind a firewall provided by the ISP and communicate to the web with a common IP address. This is similar to a network in an office or organization.
  2. These mobile networks use a 128 bit encryption of data transfer. This also makes the work of the hackers tougher.
  3. Unlike regular wireless or Wi-Fi connection, the mobile broadband connection is protected with a WEP and WPA keys to restrict unauthorized access.

Security against Virus and Spyware

  1. Protection against Virus and Spyware should be taken care as regular as any other internet connection. Users can install Antivirus and firewall software like Norton, McAfee, Microsoft essentials, etc.