Mobile Security

This has been brought up in class a few times, and is a very interesting subject to discuss. With phones being developed to simply be convenient and fast, many people don’t even consider securing their device, because, to them, this is an inconvenience. If the optimal software isn’t already preset onto the device, then many devices will simply be left insecure. Some simple tips for mobile security:

-Use an OS that supports encryption. This is the most important thing, because if your data is left unencrypted, it is extremely vulnerable.

-Set a good lock pin/password. Passwords are often better, because they are not simply 4-digit numbers that can be easily figured out. It prevents your device from simply being picked up and violated.

-Enable auto wiping of data, and have that data backed up just in case. Auto wiping clears your phone after a limited number of incorrect guesses at the password, and ensures that even if they eventually get in, there is nothing for them to take advantage of.

These are simply a few tips for phone security. More detailed tips can be found at this link.


7 thoughts on “Mobile Security

  1. You could also install antivirus and maybe upgrade to a phone that unlocks using a pattern instead of a pin.

  2. I agree that those are ways to protect your phone but yes you do need antivirus on phones now, especially Android, and these programs sometimes also allow you to lock your phone and wipe your phone if need be. There are free programs such as Lookout for Android which allows you to locate your phone for free if you lose it.

  3. While nothing too major has been announced yet, there are ideas floating around of creating business phones that can run dual operating systems – such as a more locked down and secure version of Android for business customers, and then you can reboot the phone into a more traditional Android environment. The one reason BlackBerry’s have stuck around for so long is because businesses can manage fine-grained controls on them. You can’t do that as well with Android or the iPhone, but it is getting better. If some company would release a business version of Android that could tie into some central server, we’d be golden.

  4. Antivirus can only help you to a point. Rather than installing every juicy app on the cell phone one should be filtering them and deleting the ones he does not use. Anti virus software companies know how to deal with virus, they are getting better at Malware but I do not think they know right from wrong more than you do when it comes to apps.

  5. I dont understand why phones don’t randomize the numbers when you try to unlock the phone. Your PIN is still the same, but the numbers are in a different position each time so someone watching you type in your PIN can’t approximate your numbers by watching your finger.

    • I agree with you on this. Randomizing the position of the numbers every time you unlock the phone sounds like it could be effective.

  6. I think the problem is because people do not take the protection of mobile phones as seriously as they do computers. But with important transactions happening on the phones its a good idea to protect your phone.

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