Smart Phones: Friend or Foe?
As wires and cords are quickly becoming obsolete, people are demanding to be able to do more and more from anywhere and at any time. The answer to this demand is the smart phone. Smart phones have revolutionized not only how people communicate, but also how they share information, entertain, transact business, and even help plan our day. While the benefits opportunities of such technology may seem endless, there is another aspect to consider. As people rely more and more on smart phones and store more and more information in them, security is becoming an increasingly pressing issue. However, this has not deterred companies and consumers alike from coming up with new products and new possibilities for their smart phones.
In a world where security seems to influence almost every aspect of our lives, this lack of phone security awareness may sound strange. But in actuality, most people give little or no thought to what they do with their smart phone. It tends to be forgotten that smart phones are basically just like a computer and therefore are vulnerable to the same kinds of attacks as computers are, such as viruses and hacking. In fact, not only are smart phones vulnerable to the same types of attacks that computers are, but they also have unique potential problems. This is because smart phones generally have even more functions than a computer does, such as calling and messaging features. For instance, the Blackberry Mobile Pro is designed to have full internet capabilities as well as advanced calling features such as conference calling, voice command, and automatic address updates. Potential attacks from hackers can include access to address books, calendars, photos, and other personal files on the phone. This seizure of personal information can result in fraud and even identity theft. Messages can also be sent from compromised phones to other phones that may contain detrimental files or viruses that can result in the crashing of the phone. Finally, hackers can remotely control phones to make calls or connect to the internet without the owner knowing.
As these security threats increase, many smart...