As your smartphones and other digital devices get smarter and more numerous, and as the applications they run generate ever more data, the wireless network that connects them must change to keep pace. That’s why telecommunications giants like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are racing to roll out the advanced 5G technology.

What advantages will 5G offer?

5G, the fifth generation of mobile communication networks, will bring three main benefits, including faster speed, shorter delays and increased connectivity.

Specifically, the emerging technology will bring faster, more reliable connections for users. It could also provide the extra bandwidth needed to create the “Internet of Things” — a network that links not just phones and computers but also robots, cars, and all manner of sensor-equipped consumer products and infrastructure.

What’s more, 5G could even usher in a new era of “smart cities” in which energy grids, traffic signals, and emergency services are linked to reduce inefficiencies.

What challenges will 5G bring?

However, 5G will also produce new security implications and challenges.

With the convergence of 5G and IoT, the massive growth in connected devices will continue and even accelerate, leading to “more internet queries, connection points, and web traffic.” As a result, hackers will get new opportunities to distribute malware, execute ransomware campaigns, and generally find new and clever ways to compromise networks and devices.

When bad actors with 5G technology attack your mailbox, the malicious data tampering in emails will be even worse than that in the age of 4G. They can encrypt your precious data in emails and ask for a large sum of ransom. Fortunately, we still have Mr. Guard to protect our emails. Its service of data tampering detection and OneDrive backup is available on a wide variety of Outlook Clients: Windows, MacOS, Web, Android and iOS.

Try Mr. Guard on Microsoft AppSource. Get yourself prepared for the coming 5G age.