Dallas residents can now download an app that can protect them from online threats.
According to a press release, the City of Dallas partnered with the local mobile security company Zimperium to create a free app, Dallas Secure, that protects personal information stored on smartphones.
When installed, the app notifies users in real-time if their information could be at risk to be compromised and the steps to take if there is a threat.
Mayor Eric Johnson said:
“It is critical for our residents and for businesses to remain vigilant about their online safety in a 21st-century economy. We must work collaboratively to ensure that Dallas is on the cutting edge when it comes to stopping cybersecurity threats.”
As The Dallas Express has previously reported, governments, schools, and healthcare agencies across the country have been increasingly targeted by ransomware attacks.
In December, this threat even led to Governor Greg Abbott banning the social media app TikTok from government devices, a move also seen in Maryland, South Dakota, South Carolina, Nebraska, and branches of the U.S. military.
However, cybercriminals do not limit themselves to governmental and public entities.
Most web traffic in the country is accessed from smartphones. Apple Pay information and saved passwords are some examples of personal data on smartphones that can make an ordinary citizen a target for cybersecurity attacks.
As per the release, fraudsters might send text messages offering deals or coupons or even trick travelers into connecting to malicious Wi-Fi networks on the promise of free internet access.
Android and iPhone IOS users who download the app will be protected against these hackers at no additional cost.
City of Dallas Chief of Staff Genesis Gavino said, “This app will help inform our residents about cybersecurity in a way that makes it easy to understand, which will empower them to take steps to protect their digital privacy.”
The City of Dallas’ Information & Technology Services Department will work with Zimperium to ensure all technical support needs are met.
Zimperium has developed similar apps for Los Angeles, New York City, and the state of Michigan.