Friday, 11 November 2011

Is Your Smartphone Ready?

One of the most vulnerable segments to emerge out of the rapid technology growth is the emergence of smartphones and the 'risk' they bring along with themselves.


More and more people now prefer to browse internet on their phones. From Facebook to their emails to internet banking, people are doing it all on their smartphones.


But are the smartphones really prepraed?


A national computer security campaign is urging smartphone users to protect themselves from unintentionally downloading malware applications. Get Safe Online has revealed that their has been an increase in the smartphone malware as the market has grown.


The frauds are very sophisticated. Apps which can generate cash secretly, without the user realising it, until they see their monthly bill, have been created and are a threat to the smartphone users.


Symantec has warned Android users that their phones were at risk and that they had found at least six varieties of malicious software.


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Minister for Cyber Security Francis Maude said: "More and more people are using their smartphone to transmit personal and financial information over the internet, whether it's for online banking, shopping or social networking.


"Research from Get Safe Online shows that 17% of smartphone users now use their phone for money matters and this doesn't escape the notice of criminals."