The U.S. Federal Communications Commission today announced the availability of the online Smartphone Security Checker, just in time for the holiday season. BlackBerry is one of the contributors to the development of the online tool, which provides consumers with steps they can take to help protect their mobile devices from security threats.

On December 18, 2012, the FCC and its public and private sector partners released a new online tool, the “Smartphone Security Checker,” to help consumers protect their mobile devices this holiday season. The “Smartphone Security Checker” is a free, easy-to-use online tool that creates a 10-step smartphone action plan to help consumers protect their mobile devices from smartphone-related cybersecurity threats. Almost half of Americans now own a smartphone and close to 20% have been the victim of mobile cybercrime. The FCC worked with smartphone security experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Federal Trade Commission, The National Cyber Security Alliance, CTIA-The Wireless Association, Lookout, and other public and private sector partners on these mobile security best practices. Consumers can access the “Smartphone Security Checker” at