Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Keeping mobile users safe from malware is good business

By Francisco Martin Abreu, Optenet
Tuesday 04 May 10

'Smarter operators are looking very seriously at how they can improve security for their customers…'

The huge growth in the use of the iPhone, other smartphones and mobile devices means that significantly more people are accessing sophisticated Web services such as social networking on their handsets as a matter of course. The model of a mobile phone as a simple text and voice device is fast disappearing. This shift in connectivity brings undoubted advantages to the consumer but it also exposes them to new dangers. Of course, data security experts have been predicting a rise in mobile malware for several years but the failure of this to happen on a wide scale has led to accusations of crying wolf causing unnecessary alarm. In a 2005 report Gartner predicted that a major phone virus would spread once two important criteria were met…

The huge growth in the use of the iPhone, other smartphones and mobile devices means that significantly more people are accessing sophisticated Web services such as social networking on their handsets as a matter of course. The model of a mobile phone as a simple text and voice device is fast disappearing. This shift in connectivity brings undoubted advantages to the consumer but it also exposes them to new dangers. Of course, data security experts have been predicting a rise in mobile malware for several years but the failure of this to happen on a wide scale has led to accusations of crying wolf causing unnecessary alarm. In a 2005 report Gartner predicted that a major phone virus would spread once two important criteria were met…

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