Blog Posts Tagged with "Smart Phone"

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New Mobile Security App for Android Smartphones

September 27, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

As more online retailers introduce mobile e-commerce applications, criminal hackers are taking notice. Existing mobile operating systems are under attack and, like standard PC operating systems, they sometimes fail to provide the necessary security to support a payment application...

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The Fine Print of Smartphone Privacy

September 14, 2012 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA

How often do you think about your cell phone or smartphone privacy? Sure, you think about its physical security, but how often do you think about the security of your data? Your contacts, your email addresses, your location data, your apps, etc. You probably don’t think about this enough...

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Will Your Smartphone Become your Wallet?

September 05, 2012 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA

Will all smartphone users feel comfortable transforming their them into wallets? What about security? What if you lose your phone and the person who finds it hacks into your accounts? Now, these cool capabilities don’t sound so impressive. In fact, there are some serious consequences...

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Research Sheds Light on New Surveillance Apps for Smartphones

September 04, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The FinSpy Mobile analysis will allow vulnerable and at-risk users to better understand the threat of government surveillance and make better judgements to protect their security and privacy. This software is sophisticated and powerful...

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The Risks from a Lost or Stolen Mobile Device

August 13, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Mobile devices are on the move, meaning they can more easily be lost or stolen and their screens and keyboards are easier targets for “over the shoulder” browsing. When we lose our phones, we think about the pain and cost of replacing the device. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg...

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How Does Jailbreaking or Rooting Affect Mobile Device Security?

August 01, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

By hacking your device, you can potentially open security holes that may have not been readily apparent, or undermine the device’s built-in security measures. Jailbroken and rooted phones are much more susceptible to viruses and malware...

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Selling Your Old Smartphone? Not Smart...

July 12, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

I purchased a bunch of used devices off of Craigslist and eBay to see if I could find data on the devices. I found a startling amount of personal data including photos, phone numbers, addresses, emails, text messages and passwords. Even if you wipe and reformat a hard drive, you may still miss something...

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What Are the Risks of Mobile Spam?

June 05, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

While spam is mostly annoying, it can also pose some risks. You could even be tricked into paying for products and services that turn out to be illegitimate or nonexistent. Spam can also be used to distribute Trojans, spyware, and exploit code that can infect your mobile device or steal your information...

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Symantec's Analysis of the ZTE Android Backdoor Vulnerability

May 24, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"The worst-case scenario here is an attacker who tricks the user into installing a malicious application that takes advantage of this privilege escalation flaw. Once the application has full access to the device, the attacker can install, delete, monitor, and modify the device..."

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New Study Published on Mobile Malware

May 23, 2012 Added by:Beau Woods

Two malware families show that authors have incorporated many sophisticated features to help circumvent detection and frustrate researchers attempting to study the samples, among other things. And their analysis showed that mobile malware is rapidly maturing...

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BYOD is really BYOPMD

May 07, 2012 Added by:Phil Klassen

BYOD should make the security society very nervous. For those who still believe that personal devices will never be a part of your network, remember, never say never. Regardless if non-corporate devices have accessed your network or not, the first step is acceptable use policy...

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Your New Best Friend May Not Protect You

May 05, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Your mobile phone may be your new best friend. Four out of seven people have mobile phones, because a phone really is a great companion that brings us into contact with people, media, music, and finances. But unlike a German Shepherd, your mobile isn’t a security device...

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Online Banking vs. Mobile Banking

May 03, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Mobile banking can offer additional security by enabling text-backs, as a second form of authentication. If you use your smartphone to access your bank’s website directly, it may recognize that you are using a mobile browser and automatically offer you a dedicated application...

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Applications Targeting Apple Products

May 03, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

When I was told of a new mobile application distribution system which avoids Apple's scrutiny, my alarm antennas began quivering. Now combine this with who is doing it - Russian developers - and I get an even more dreadful feeling in the pit of my stomach...

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On Cyber Threats in the Mobile Environment

April 20, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

Mobile threats should alarm private industry, as the risk of data exposure is high due the growth of the mobile sector. Cyber criminals and governments are aware of the value of information to be gained from our mobile devices and are showing an increased interest in the sector...

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Pump Up Your P@$$w0rd$

April 03, 2012 Added by:Kevin Doel

The idea is to choose phrase that you will be able to remember and a simple algorithm for converting it to a strong password. Even the best encryption systems are not going to protect your data if you use weak passwords and a hacker gains physical access to your mobile device...

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