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Friday, 07 August 2015 14:43

Smartphones and security don’t mix


Eugene Kaspersky – founder of the so named antivirus company refuses to own a smartphone. If anyone should know it is him.

Although the data is a little out of date there were 1.3 million unique types of Android smartphone hacks recorded between January and October 2014. These have mainly focused on stealing data from the phone – personally identifiable information such as name, address, pins, and credit card details.

Some hacks are much more sinister – just watch CSI’s new series Cyber to see that it ameras and microphones remotely and to spoof or copy smartphones easily. is possible to use smartphone cameras and microphones remotely and to spoof or copy smartphones easily. Can you trust it?

Canny cyber criminals now are focusing on smartphones connecting to enterprises. They can act as a conduit to install malware on a network, they can access sensitive corporate data simply using a user’s login and password and if stolen users tend to care more about the loss of their precious photos or music than corporate data.

According to a recent survey by Kaspersky Labs 31% of smartphones and 41% of tablets don’t even use a pin on the lock screen to prevent unauthorised access.

“Only 58% of Android-based smartphones and 63% of Android tablets are protected by an anti-virus. The only way to protect an endpoint is to cut the cord to the internet,” said Kaspersky in an address to Sydney business in June.

Android users encounter online threats more often than the users of Windows-based devices. The latter also know more about the dangers and tend to protect their devices in 9 out of 10 cases.

The survey found that over a 12-month period 41% of Android smartphone users and 36% of tablet users faced malicious applications, 18% of smartphone users and 24% of tablet users had their online service accounts hacked, while financial cyberattacks affected 43% of smartphone users and 50% of tablet users.

"It is not surprising that [Android] mobile users are facing online threats more often now: devices are capable of doing so much more, and many more people are using them, so of course they will attract fraudsters. To avoid falling victim to scams, users are advised to protect their devices against cyberthreats and be especially careful with any sensitive data stored on them,” said Victor Yablokov, Head of Mobile Product Line at Kaspersky Lab.

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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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