Is Your Smartphone Really Secure?

McAfee recently released a quarterly report that details online threats. In the fourth quarter 2010 report, the company said that it has now identified almost a thousand threats that specifically target mobile devices. This is up about 46% over 2009. Most of these threats target Nokia’s Symbian operating system, as it is currently the most widely used in the world.

These days, we do everything with our phones: browsing, shopping, and even banking. I’m not even sure I remember the last time I made an actual call with my iPhone. These devices need to be secure, and there are thankfully solutions available for your devices.

I talked to the team from King5 news here in Seattle about this growing problem, and some of the reasons I believe are behind it.

Cybercriminals currently have a window of opportunity to exploit a variety of mobile platforms. You could compromise your account information, your financial information, and even your banking information.

I think that one of the largest areas of concern deals with app marketplaces that are offered by “outside” companies, such as with Android devices. Hackers know that free wallpaper, music, and ringtones will tempt you so they often package spyware and malware. They turn you into an easy target, meaning you have to always use your thinking cap and best judgment. People are always going to be the weakest point for any amount of exploits out there.

You’ll notice that Apple’s iOS and RIM’s Blackberry OS are missing from McAfee’s list. I personally prefer Apple simply because they vet every single app that posts in their market. This is in direct contrast from what Google’s open Android Marketplace does.

Consumers feel safer with the way Apple does things — at least I know I do. I’m all about “open” as a concept, but come on. Do you REALLY want an open frontier on a device over which you do your banking?

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Chris has consistently expressed his convictions and visions outright, supplying practical information to targeted audiences: media agencies, business owners, technology consumers, software and hardware professionals, et al. He remains a passionate personality in the tech community-at-large. He's a geek.

  • GBo

    You REALLY do your banking over your phone? Why not just use email?