Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mobile Security Ramps Up

The growth of the use of smart phones is widely known. The fact that companies are allowing, even encouraging BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for their employees is another known trend. A newer trend is the use of smart phones for payment - by swiping them near a device attached to a cash register. Put these together and you have a pending problem with security.

Devices that can be used for payments have connections to bank accounts. Devices that are used for corporate purposes have connections to corporate data. So hackers are showing a renewed interest in mobile devices. They are encouraged by the known fact that hardly anyone places security on their phones. Not even a basic password. And yet, much more than passwords are needed. Those other basics of security - encryption and security software - are also needed. And the average person gives it little thought.

Time to think about it. Check out this article.

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