You are always going to be vulnerable in the digital age…there are no guarantees to the contrary. Too often, the thinking is it happens to someone else, or I have a Mac no worries, and the same for mobile devices. The truth is everyone connected to the internet with any device is a front door for hackers and malicious malware.
I am repeating myself, but as Winn Schwartau said when he addressed a summit on security to an audience, including several US Generals, there are going to be 4 to 5 billion mobile devices connected to broadband, the bad guys know this, “What are you going to do about this?”
Well, it is here, and just this past week there has been several stories of security flaws and breaches taking place with smart phones, and most recently with the discovery by a security researcher Trevor Eckhart that affects users of the HTC Thunderbolt and the HTC EVO 3D and 4G, which run on the Android operating system.
Eckhart’s finding is just the latest in a string of potential vulnerabilities discovered in mobile devices. BGR tech blog has uncovered a major security flaw on AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II that renders Android’s security lock feature useless. As well as a significant security hole discovered in Google’s Android operating system for Smartphones, which can allow attackers to gain access to users’ personal information without their permission.
Smartphones need smart users. In 2011 mobile devices for the first time outsold the desktop…How do you plan to secure your mobile device?
Your CyberHood Watch Partner,
david c ballard
Radio Security Journalist