Monday, 19 September 2011

Phones Without AV Software - Shocking

I got a tweet from another mobile phone security expert this morning, research by car phone warehouse about the number of people who DON'T use antivirus software on their smart phones. I knew some people don't, but the numbers are beyond shocking to say the least.

You can read the article here.

I read the article myself and I only really needed to read half of it to get the idea of the article.

More than half (54 percent) of mobile phone owners believe their data would be secure if their handset was lost or stolen, says the Carphone Warehouse.

However, research by the mobile phone retailer of more than 2,000 Brits, revealed that of these 86 percent don't have security software installed on their handset leaving them wide open to nosey thieves that may want to trawl through their personal data.

86% WITHOUT AV software? excuse me but that is just pure stupid, it crosses the line quite frankly. There is already banking malware for Android smart phones like Zeus and SpyEye that steal your personal data and run up your bills, and 86% go without AV software? the threat towards mobile phones is growing everyday and the level malware takes is getting worse. How much more malware do we need to see before people start to take notice and install some prevention software?

Frankly from my perspective, people just don't have the respect for smart phones that they demand. Many people are attracted to Android because of the fact it's open source - they can change what they want on it. While this is true and it's the #1 reason that attracted me to Android, open source has it's bad sides and people just don't respect that.

Smart phones nowadays are no different from your laptop or desktop machine - they are a computer that sits in your hand and they should be treated as so, they need prevention from the internets dark sides too. Just because it's a phone and it's open source doesn't mean your safe.

Furthermore, 65 percent of mobile phone owners they don't have a password on their voicemail, despite the fact nearly a third (32 percent) claim they worry their handsets aren't that secure.

Honestly, it's not hard to set a god damn voice mail password on Android systems, I've done it myself for my phone. People wonder why we keep seeing things being leaked online - Look at the Rupert Murdoch stories, sure I don't agree that phone hacking should be done but look at how easy it is to do it, and things like this can be prevented by just taking 5mins to set a 4 digit PIN code - are people really that lazy, or just plain stupid?

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